Phil Thompson on Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool transfers and selection


The defeat against City was heavily influenced by Sadio Mane's sending off late in the first half for a risky challenge on City goalkeeper Ederson Moraes, but Thompson insisted that Liverpool should have performed better even with 10 men.

Liverpool appealed Mane's suspension, hoping to get it trimmed by one or two matches.

The Senegalese forward netted four goals in Liverpool's opening five games of the 2017-18 season but the Liverpool No19 will now serve a three-game ban for his sending off. Pep Guardiola was reluctant to address Sadio Mane's red card vs. Man City, but reports that goalie Ederson is doing well. There were a lot of situations which were similar.

Klopp suffered his heaviest defeat as Liverpool manager as his team was taken apart in ruthless fashion by their Premier League title rivals at the Etihad Stadium. But it was a waste of time obviously.

It will be great to hear that Champions League anthem being played at Anfield again on Wednesday night, with this competition meaning more than any other to the club's fans. And obviously Ederson was not lucky. "He wanted to get the ball", Klopp added. But we can not change this. I don't blame the referee for the decision.

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German goalkeeper Loris Karius will start ahead of Simon Mignolet, although Klopp insists this does not mean he will be first choice as he cryptically hinted at regular rotation between the pair. "I thought we gave in and gave up and no Liverpool team should be like that", he said.

"[Sadio] is very, very upset", said Klopp.

It was unfortunate that the transfer story was played out while the Premier League season was underway and no one believed his "back bad" injury claim that has stopped him playing so far this season, as we all knew it was part of his plan to push for a transfer.

"It was our duty to appeal, but as I said after the game, it was a waste of time".

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