An early yellow for Sadio Mane
Liverpool were fantastic last week against Manchester City and raced to a 3-0 lead.
The Reds are currently trying to complete the job and reach the Champions League semi finals for the first time since 2009 but were shocked by Gabriel Jesus’ early goal.
Minutes after Jesus gave City the lead, Sadio Mane received a controversial yellow card for this ‘challenge’ on Nicolas Otamendi.
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Was it a yellow?
At first glance, it looked like a poor challenge but after watching the replay, it seems that Mane actually slipped and barely touches the City defender anyway.
Otamendi certainly made the most out of it, as did City goalkeeper Ederson, who was booked for his response to Mane afterwards.
Mane was sent off at the Etihad early in the season for another controversial challenge, this time on Ederson and this would surely have been playing in his mind after the incident early in today’s game.
Ederson was NOT impressed with Sadio Mane’s challenge on Nicolas Otamendi 👀
They’ve got previous… pic.twitter.com/DYTvv3U44r
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Otamendi rolled around on the floor for a fairly long time acting as if he had been shot but it is clear in the above GIF that Mane hardly even grazes the Argentine defender.
The referee has certainly made a mistake there and was probably trying to make his mark on the match early on.
Can Liverpool hold on?
City are currently 1-0 up at the Etihad with over an hour remaining.
Knowing this City team, goals are sure to come in this match especially considering there have been 15 goals in the previous 3 games between the two sides (including a 5-0 win for City at the Etihad early in the campaign).
Nervous times for fans of both sides…