Ederson eases fears over injury after clash with Liverpool forward Sadio Mane

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His decision proved divisive on and off the pitch as even City boss Pep Guardiola was not sure it warranted a red card.

And teammate Benjamin Mendy clearly saw the amusing side of things once Ederson had been cleared of serious injury, as evidenced by the interview below.

Liverpool winger used excessive force and completely unnecessarily lifted his foot up in an effort to win the ball in a risky area and it's fair to say that it is his recklessness that cost Liverpool a defeat.

"His (Mane's) eyes are on the ball but his foot is high; the ball is there and the keeper just gets his head there". Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hugely complained for the referee's decision that, however, seems to be a correct one.Although Mane, in fact, had no intention to deliberately hit Ederson, his challenge was way too risky so much so Guardiola was forced to replace the Brazilian keeper with Bravo.Why is this even a discussion?Definite red. Us goalkeepers know this can happen, but you never expect it.

City are topping the league with 10 points from four games, albeit temporarily since arch-rivals Manchester United can overhaul them should they win their game against Stoke later in the day.

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Manchester City were in fine form in Saturday's destruction of 10-man Liverpool. It was expected that the Brazilian will take some time to get back into a good frame of mind after the disappointment of the transfer window, however, Jurgen Klopp won't have much choice after today's incident. They have players who can change games and make chances. We can not play a game up and down. Klopp's side struggled with the alien 3-5-1 system and the withdrawal of Mohamed Salah, presumably with Wednesday night's visit of Sevilla in mind, left them without a counter-attacking outlet.

"In the first moment everyone thought it was really bad", Klopp told broadcaster Sky Sports. In the last few seasons, both Guardiola and his predecessor Manuel Pellegrini struggled to exert their dominance over the other teams that would be challenging at the top of the table.

During the first half, de Bruyne split a killer pass to Aguero for the opening goal and emerged as the creative fulcrum of the team, stretching opposition defenders out of position and also assisting with crosses.

After three-and-a-half years of underperformance in the big games, Manchester City seemed to put their demons to one side in dispatching Liverpool on Saturday. All three up front were not really involved.



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