Kop boss insists Senegal star was ‘unlucky’ and claims Jon Moss got it wrong to pull out the red card after high challenge forced Ederson to be stretchered off
JURGEN KLOPP blamed Liverpool’s five-goal thumping at Manchester City on the “unlucky” decision to send off Sadio Mane.
The Reds were already one goal down courtesy of Sergio Aguero when the controversial incident occurred.
The game had been in the balance when Jon Moss sent off the Senegal forward after 37 minutes for a high challenged that forced goalkeeper Ederson to be stretchered from the field.
The Reds collapsed after his dismissal, with Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane both netted a brace to heap humiliation on the Merseyside outfit.
But Klopp says the ref got the sending off wrong as he blamed the official for costing his side the game.
He told Sky Sports: “We had all we needed at 11v11. We had chances. The first goal is unnecessary, we were too laid back, not too smart.
“But the decisive decision in the whole game was the red card. I don’t think it was a red card, Sadio didn’t see the goalkeeper.
“It’s unlucky, an accident. The keeper comes out. You want to go for the ball. I hope people see it for what it is.”
And Klopp revealed he almost followed his attacker’s lead by coming close to get his marching orders.
The German coach added: “The referee was close to sending me to the stands so I had no power.
“I said to the fourth official that I didn’t think it was a red card.
“Hopefully it is not a serious injury but whatever happens it is unlucky. The foot was not that high, the goalkeeper came out to head the ball.
“Sadio feels very bad about it. It’s hard for him.
“I have had a few 5-0 defeats in my life, that is not cool, but we were not that bad. Nobody will remember that.”
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