It could have been the perfect excuse for Liverpool- ‘oh our best
player on the field,- Saido Mane received a red card’, but Jurgen
Klopp’s men only have themselves to blame after Pep Guardiola’s Man City
thrashed them 5-0 on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium. It’s Jurgen
Klopp’s biggest humiliation (with no consolation goal) since joining the
Joel Matip fired a long ball overhead, which fell between the
Liverpool’s player of the month, Saido Mane and new Manchester City
goalkeeper Ederson, both rushed towards it fancying they’d reach it
first, but with Mane’s eyes on the ball, he rose up his foot towards
Ederson,injuring the goalkeeper in the process. What many pundits
thought will be a yellow card, even though Ederson was stretchered off,
resulted in a sending off for the Senegalese winger, and Liverpool after
that moment, never recovered!
Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and substitute Leroy Sane fired goals in
rampant fashion, to push Manchester City to second position in the
table, and make pundits wonder if Liverpool have the defence to survive a
long Epl campaign coupled with Champions League football.
Liverpool head coach, Jurgen Klopp, speaking after the match, said;
“It was, in a lot of moments, very unlucky for us but I don’t think
we have to think too much about luck or something like this because we
cannot change luck, but we can change performance,”
“I know it’s difficult after the international break because they
played in different positions, had different jobs to do, different
systems and all that stuff, so it’s always difficult, but I thought we
should have been in the lead in the first half. At 1-0 it was 11 versus
11 and it was a moment when we were in possession, everything was good.
“I know we can be really good, so after we have spoken about this I
will try to help the boys to ignore the result today — not the mistakes
we did — but the result because it’s already done.
“We should have scored, we should have had more chances. Mo [Salah]
was three or four times on the touchline in the 18-yard box, or even in
the six-yard box, and you have to find someone, but nobody was at the
front post, nobody.
“Yes, with one man down against City, it is really not the best place
to be, but we do it a lot of training — we defend with only seven
players against 14.
“It was difficult, but we could have done better in the second half. I
am not concerned about this. It was a hard lesson today, but I know the
boys are good enough and we will learn from it.
“What we also need to learn from the first half is that we need to
influence the game in another direction, we need to score here. I think
everyone saw it, so it was obviously obvious.”
“[It was] an accident, [a] very unlucky situation,” Klopp said.
“Everybody knows Sadio didn’t see the goalie, so it was not one second
he had a look at the goalie or whatever. He just wanted to get the ball
as soon as possible. That’s what happened.
“It was a red card and we cannot change it anymore. Hopefully the
goalie is not seriously injured. I think in the first moment when all
the people were on the pitch, it looked like this. After the game he was
running around in the dugout, so hopefully not too serious.
“[Mane is] very, very, very upset. We couldn’t keep him up. He was
shocked about the situation and — I’m sure also — about the decision.
“If the leg is not where the leg is you can also say it’s a foul from
the goalie. What can I say? It’s a red card and I’m sure people will
find enough reasons to say it was the right decision, so we cannot
change it anymore. Of course it had a big influence on the game.”
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