Wijnaldum: Man City found 5-0 Liverpool win 'difficult'

Lynette Rowe
September 13, 2017

"It makes a difference - that's five or six points extra and they are losing those points so then you are closer together".

Should Liverpool be successful in their appeal, the ban could be shortened to one or two games, depending on the discretion of the panel.

The Senegal global was given his marching orders in the 37th minute at the Etihad Stadium last Saturday afternoon as he caught Ederson in the face with the high boot as the pair contested for a high ball.

Some Liverpool fans and pundits, as well as Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, claimed that Mane's challenge did not warrant a straight red card. It would be another waste of time, like the game today.

Liverpool's appeal over Sadio Mane's three-match ban following his red card at Man City has been unsuccessful.

Well, images of Ederson's freshly-stitched wounds have now surfaced on social media and you'd hope that they may be grisly enough to change the minds of Gale and his sceptical ilk.

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Mane is available to face Sevilla but will miss this weekend's home game against Burnley, along with the dual EFL Cup and Premier League trips to Leicester City. I think he didn't even know that the 'keeper was that close to him.

"There was not one second he looks at the goalkeeper". Hopefully he can come back as soon as possible. "In the game everybody thought the goalkeeper was seriously injured - I'm not sure what happened but he was running around after the game so not as serious as everybody thought".

Gary Neville, who was live on Sky Sports commentary at the time of the incident, was critical of the referee's decision: "I'm sorry Jon Moss, you've just ruined a spectacle there".

"[Sadio] is very, very upset", said Klopp.

"Of course we can't neglect the performance after that - we have to keep it in mind - but we have another game midweek when we can prove ourselves again".

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