Mane's controversial red card leaves Klopp fuming

Sadio Mane was sent off during Liverpool's game at Manchester City on Saturday afternoon

Sadio Mane was sent off during Liverpool's game at Manchester City on Saturday afternoon

Manchester City thrashed 10-man Liverpool as they sent out an ominous message of intent to their Premier League title rivals.

September 9, 2017 Manchester City's Ederson Moraes is fouled by Liverpool's Sadio Mane resulting in a red card for Mane Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Klopp felt aggrieved at the decision to send of Mane in the first half when the scoreline was at 1-0.

City were just, by far, the better team on the day and Liverpool will have to eat a big slice of humble pie.

Ederson was taken off on a stretcher in the 37th minute before having scans on his jaw and cheekbone following the sickening collision.

The 24-year-old returned to the stadium shortly before the full-time whistle, rejoining his teammates in the City dugout with a large plaster across his face. "Maybe he will be more attractive after that!"

The unsafe incident ended up changing the entire complexion of the game, and the final scoreline of 5-0 marks the worst defeat for Jurgen Klopp, ever. Liverpool could argue they were hard done by with the first half sending off of Sadio Mane that shifted the game completely in favour of the Citizens. "I didn't think it was, I needed replays, but the boot in face says it all".

Guardiola's side are back in action on Wednesday against Feyenoord and Chile global Claudio Bravo could deputise for Ederson.

However, following City's ruthless attacking performance at the Etihad, Pep Guardiola's side are now favourites to win the Premier League with the bookmakers.

Klopp also admitted that Liverpool's hammering did not concern him about his side's long-term prospects.

Against Liverpool, Mendy again looked strong and powerful and also emerged with an assist for the fourth Manchester City goal. "It was good to score a lot of goals, it's a bit different because they played with 10 men, but it's good for a lot of guys to get another game under the belt". We have to find the right moment. We had patience to do that.

87' - SAVE! De Bruyne slips Sane in behind the Liverpool backline and he crosses for Aguero at the back post, but Mignolet read the situation well as is able to keep the shot out.

With one eye on their Champions League tie against Feyenoord in mid-week, Guardiola took off Jesus for Leroy Sane but if anything, the German's introduction made it worse for the visitors.

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