Liverpool will appeal Sadio Mane’s three-match ban for the red card he received after a controversial clash with Man City goalkeeper Ederson on Sunday.
Mane was sent off on Sunday by referee Jon Moss for raising his foot and clashing with City goalkeeper Ederson, with the Brazilian goalkeeper requiring eight minutes of treatment before being taken from the field on a stretcher wearing an oxygen mask.
Liverpool have the option to appeal claiming an excessive punishment and hope to see the suspension decreased to either one or two matches.
The decision to send Mane off was a contentious one and there was split opinion between pundits and fans, but both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola agreed after the match that there was no malice in Mane’s challenge.
Klopp told Sky Sports: « The whole game was the red card. I don’t think it’s a red card, he doesn’t see him. I have seen the goalie already and it’s not that bad and it’s an accident. It’s unlucky, really unlucky to play against City with 10 men.
« It was unlucky, it was an accident. The goalkeeper comes out, Sadio wants the ball. To get a red card in a game like this is really unlucky.
« I don’t know what he (Jonathan Moss) thought but I said to the fourth official it wasn’t a red card. I thought « oh my god, I hope it’s not serious » but it’s unlucky. Sadio would never have done it and he feels really bad. Hopefully it’s not too serious.
« It’s hard but it’s all hard and we have to take it. We’ve lost the game and that’s not cool so now we have to show some reaction. It’s really hard and I hope they judge this situation about football. »
Ederson didn’t suffer any broken bones in the incident but did require stitches and he was back in the stands before the final whistle.