The first-half dismissal for a challenge in which Mane’s high boot struck the face of City goalkeeper Ederson was the crucial moment in a game that Liverpool eventually lost 5-0.
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“I hope people see it for what it is,” said Klopp.
“It’s unlucky, an accident. I don’t think it was a red card. Sadio didn’t see the goalie — he was only watching the ball.
“Sadio is very upset. He was shocked by the situation, and the decision. Fortunately, the goalie is not seriously injured.”
Ederson required nine minutes of treatment on the pitch but tests showed there were no fractures to his cheek or jaw bone.
Manchester City romped to victory with two goals apiece from Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane, and another from Sergio Aguero.
Their manager Pep Guardiola was more relieved about the news of Ederson, and said: “It is so important there is no broken bone, but maybe he will not play in the next games.
“It was no intention from Mane, we know that — but the impact was huge. Whether or not it deserved a red card, it was dangerous.”