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Liverpool’s Sadio Mane suffers hamstring injury

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Liverpool star Sadio Mane is out with a hamstring injury.

Mane, 25, was injured while on international duty with Senegal and will miss Liverpool’s huge clash with Manchester United at Anfield on Saturday and is expected to be out for up to six weeks.

We break down what Mane’s absence could mean for Liverpool in the video above as this injury comes out a really bad time for the Reds with PL clashes and UEFA Champions League encounters coming thick and fast.

In a club statement, Liverpool had the following to say as losing their reigning Player of the Season for a key stretch of the season is a huge blow for Jurgen Klopp‘s men.

Sadio Mane is facing a spell on the sidelines after sustaining a hamstring injury on international duty, Liverpool FC can confirm.

The winger was substituted 89 minutes into Senegal’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over the Cape Verde Islands on Saturday.

And it has now been confirmed that he picked up an injury during that fixture that could keep him out of action for up to six weeks.

Mane, whose lay-off will commence when Manchester United visit Anfield on Saturday, has scored three goals in four Premier League appearances this term.

Ederson harbors no ill will after Mane’s personal apology

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As far as Ederson is concerned, Sadio Mane‘s studs-to-face assault is a thing of the past — save for, the elongated scar he’ll likely wear on the left side of his face for the rest of his life, of course.

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The Manchester City goalkeeper, who was forced from his side’s 5-0 victory over Liverpool on Sept. 9 after his face was raked by the studs of the Reds’ star attacker, revealed this weekend that he received — and accepted — Mane’s personal apology in the days immediately thereafter — quotes from

“Yes, I had contact with him, he sent me a message. I told him to stay calm, those things happen inside the pitch, it could happen anytime. I told him to not worry and wished him a good season.”

“I ended up having a hard hit in the face, but in the same week, I was ready to play in Champions League. I felt a strong kick, but I was always conscious. I knew it had been a long cut. I wanted to keep playing but, for medical issues, I couldn’t keep playing.

“But I was always conscious, even if I had my face a little bit swollen. But after a week it was normal again. In the same week, I was ready to play in Champions League. I faced that game full of confidence again, without any fear and happy for the result we achieved.”

Sadio Mane discusses red card v. Man City

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Sadio Mane has been speaking out before his enforced two-week break from action.

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Liverpool’s leading goalscorer was sent off in their 5-0 defeat at Manchester City last weekend for a reckless, high challenge on City’s goalkeeper Ederson.

With Liverpool’s appeal over Mane’s three-match ban turned down by the FA, the Senegal international will now miss games against Burnley, Leicester City in the League Cup and Leicester against in the PL.

Speaking to reporters after Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at home against Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, Mane revealed his surprise at the sending off.

“Honestly, I was focusing more on the goalkeeper than the card and when I saw the red card I was surprised because I was expecting a yellow card,” Mane said. “But I’ll accept it and try to forget it. I was going for the ball and I didn’t have the intention to hurt him because I’m not that kind of player. I wish him a quick recovery. It’s not easy for me because I love to play football and I enjoy helping my team to win games.”

Ederson was substituted after Mane’s high tackle with Claudio Brvao coming on but after had eight stitches in the side of his face the Brazilian goalkeeper was back in training this week and played in Man City’s 4-0 win at Feyenoord with a protective helmet.

Mane’s insistence that the challenge was accidental seems genuine and with the pace both he and Ederson were traveling at, it’s understandable that a nasty collision could happen. That said, Mane’s challenge was reckless and the red card should stand.

Report: Sadio Mane red card appeal rejected

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Multiple reports claim that Liverpool have had their appeal against Sadio Mane‘s red card rejected.

The Senegalese forward was sent off in the 36th minute of Liverpool’s 5-0 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday for a high challenge on Ederson as Mane’s foot smashed the onrushing goalkeeper, who got to the ball first, in the face.

After the game both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola agreed it was was an accident but Mane’s play was deemed dangerous enough by  referee Jon Moss for a straight red card.

Mane will now miss Liverpool’s next three Premier League games against Burnley, Leicester City and Newcastle United.

Man City 5-0 Liverpool: 10-man Reds clobbered

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Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City poured past 10-man Liverpool 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Sergio Aguero had a goal and an assist, Kevin De Bruyne had two assists, and Benjamin Mendy cued up Sane for City’s 77th minute goal before Sane added a second.

City goes first for the moment with 10 points, while Liverpool remains on seven and sinks fifth on goal differential. For City boss Pep Guardiola, it’s a first win over Jurgen Klopp.

Sadio Mane was sent off for a 37th minute challenge on charging City goalkeeper Ederson, as the winger’s attempt to beat the keeper to a loose ball saw the keeper kicked in the face.

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Liverpool won a corner within the first 90 seconds after Alberto Moreno had a go with Mohamed Salah‘s early square ball, but Ederson collected the corner.

At the other end, Gabriel Jesus turned a free kick wide of the goal post with a header. We were off.

Salah then nutmegged Nicolas Otamendi on the edge of the 18 and was cleaned out by the Argentine defender, giving Liverpool a dangerous free kick from the right edge of the 18.

It led to nothing and Kevin De Bruyne carried 50 yards to test Simon Mignolet with a low offering.

A spell of Liverpool possession was broken up by a De Bruyne-won free kick on the right edge of the 18 which put Trent Alexander-Arnold in the referee’s book, but the Reds held strong against City’s opportunity.

Aguero scored in his sixth-straight Etihad Stadium appearance versus Liverpool, rounding Mignolet from De Bruyne’s through ball to make it 1-0.

Fernandinho then saw yellow for hacking down a dribbling Sadio Mane in the 28th minute. It provided a promising 18-yard free kick, but Emre Can sent his offering wide of the far post.

Ederson denied Salah at the half-hour mark, as the Egyptian kept asking the City keeper questions.

A jitterbug dribble from Jesus forced Mignolet to concede a 35th minute corner, but John Stones missed his terrific chance to make it 2-0.

That’s when Mane clipped Ederson, and saw red. City had a goal pulled back for an offside Jesus moments after the match restarted, but then pounded ahead through another De Bruyne to Jesus goal.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain entered the match for a Liverpool debut, and promptly saw his team concede when Fernandinho found Aguero with a terrific pass and the Argentine deferred to his Brazilian teammate for a left-footed finish.

With the match done and dusted, as evidenced by the plethora of subs from each side ahead of this week’s UEFA Champions League matches, Mendy raced up the left of the pitch and found Sane for a class finish.

Sane found a sliding Aguero for what could’ve been 5-0 if not for a splayed Mignolet.

The youngster completed the scoring with a left-footed beauty from atop the 18.

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