Mane Suspension Could Hand Coutinho Liverpool Lifeline

Lynette Rowe
September 14, 2017

The Senegal worldwide will now miss three games after receiving a straight red card at the Etihad Stadium following a high foot challenge on City goalkeeper Ederson.

Neville concluded by railing against the impact of the red card on the game: "Jon Moss, you have just ruined the game there".

The Brazilian has been training wearing protective headgear after suffering facial injuries which required eight stitches in a nasty clash with Liverpool's Sadio Mane at the weekend.

The Football Association said yesterday that an independent regulatory commission hearing had rejected the player's claim of excessive punishment and the suspension remained in place.

"The Liverpool forward was dismissed for serious foul play during the game against Manchester City on Saturday (9 September 2017)".

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Ex-Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher took a different view, saying "he had his eyes on the ball, but that doesn't mean he isn't endangering an opponent".

City later reported that Ederson was not concussed and was checked for facial fractures at the medical institute adjacent to their training complex before returning to the stadium.

Klopp's City counterpart Pep Guardiola agreed the complexion and balance of the game had been transformed by the red card. It was a ball he had to go for.

"Emre Can really struggled when he played in the middle of the back three and didn't look solid at all", Carragher said speaking on Sky Sports after the game. "I thought our appeal was absolutely right", Klopp said at a news conference ahead of Wednesday's Champions League Group E opener against Sevilla at Anfield.

"I have seen a couple of matches and they are one of the best teams in Europe". But there's also a part that says if he wants to go so much, take the money. So all this nonsense about 'the goalkeeper's put his head down, ' I don't know where that's coming from. Although harsh, the decision had to be given against the winger when his studs connected with the face of Manchester City goalkeeper, Ederson.

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