Mane sent off as Man City takes a high-five against Liverpool

A game which was considered to be a clash between title challengers proved out be a one-sided affair as Manchester City romped Liverpool 5-0 at their home which handed Juergen Klopp his biggest loss in two years managing Liverpool.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane was dismissed for a challenge that saw goalkeeper Ederson stretchered off.

Brazilian Ederson was carried off in a neck brace after being caught in the face by Mane's foot as he raced out to head the ball away late in the first half and the Liverpool forward was shown a straight red card.

With Liverpool having avoided defeat against their top- six rivals last season, it was the first time Jurgen Klopp's side had lost to one of their principal adversaries since a 1 -0 loss at home to Manchester United in January 2016.

"We had all we needed at 11 v 11," Liverpool manager Klopp said. "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. I hope people see it for what it is."

While Mane's dismissal was a key factor in the game's outcome, the emphatic nature of City's win suggests Guardiola's second season as manager will yield a serious title challenge.

City’s opening goal was a landmark one for Sergio Aguero. The Argentine striker's 124th Premier League goal since joining City from Atletico Madrid in 2011 made him the highest scoring non-European player in the competition's history.

And it came when the game was still 11 vs. 11. The City surge came after Mane received red.

Gabriel Jesus netted City's second in first-half stoppage time and again eight minutes into the second half. The Brazil forward was then substituted and his replacement, Sane, grabbed two goals as well.


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