Kick to goalkeepers head earns Liverpool forward straight red card

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Gary Neville reflects on Manchester City emphatic 5-0 win over 10-man Liverpool, and offers his take on Sadio Mane's red card in his latest podcast.

City striker Sergio Aguero had given the hosts the lead in the 24th minute before Liverpool winger Sadio Mane was sent off after the half hour mark for a high challenge on goalkeeper Ederson. Moss eventually reaches for his right pocket (where the yellow cards are placed) but with Otamendi signalling a boot to the face and other players calling for the medical attention, the referee changes his decision in a split of a second and reaches out for a red card from his left pocket.

Aguero had capitalised on an opening in Liverpool's defensive back-line and more. He just thought about the ball and went for it.

Yes, Mane had his eyes on the ball, but his foot was high and ended up colliding with Ederson's face.

Liverpool's manager had Simon Mignolet back in goal after he was replaced by Loris Karius against Arsenal in a unusual interlude, so there is now an air of uncertainty around the rearguard unit.

"He produces a huge (number) of passes and assists".

MANCHESTER CITY (3-5-2): Ederson 7 (Bravo 45, 7); Danilo 7, Stones 7, Otamendi 7 (Mangala 71); Walker 7, DE BRUYNE 9, Fernandinho 7, Silva 8, Mendy 7; Aguero 8, Jesus 8 (Sane 57, 8). Subs: Oxlade-Chamberlain 5, Milner 6, Solanke 5.

However since moving to Anfield the centre-back hasn't consistently been in Jurgen Klopps team, with the game against City bringing his Premier League starts to 17.

Was Mane's red card harsh or rightfully deserved?

Kevin De Bruyne forced Simon Mignolet into action with a low shot with an open game still in its first 10 minutes before neat work by David Silva and Otamendi nearly gave Gabriel a chance to burst into the box.

Liverpool were smashed 5-0 at the weekend by a dominant Manchester City side, in what was a somewhat shock result for a previously in-form Reds side. Last season he shot 15 or 16 times against the posts.

On 53 minutes, Gabriel Jesus netted his second of the game to put the visitors in the driving seat.

Your turn: How many goals did Raheem Sterling score in 129 appearances for Liverpool before his £49m move to City in 2015 - 13, 23 or 33? His 124th strike made him the all-time leading non-European Premier League goalscorer, overtaking Dwight Yorke.

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