Should Sadio Mane have been sent off?
Manchester City were already leading Liverpool 1-0 when Sadio Mane was sent off on Saturday.
Despite the fact that City looked likely to score more goals at 11 v 11, there is little doubt that Mane’s red card had a huge impact on the rest of the Premier League fixture.
Manchester City went onto win 5-0 thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus (2) and Leroy Sane (2).
It was one of the best performances of Pep Guardiola’s reign as Manchester City manager. Amongst the worst Jurgen Klopp has presided over at Liverpool.
Sadio Mane set for three-game ban
Yet, the debate over the Sadio Mane red card looks set to linger on for some time.
For Mane, there is not much debate. Referee Jon Moss sent him off with a straight red card and a three-game ban is now in place.
The Liverpool attacker will miss Burnley at home next Saturday, then two matches versus Leicester – both away – the first in the Carabao Cup. And, the second in the Premier League.
Gary Neville looks at the wider repercussions
On Twitter, on Sunday morning, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville was up bright and early and brought a wider perspective to the debate.
Neville provided video of the July pre-season friendly between Chelsea and Arsenal in Beijing.
The Blues won out 3-0 but Neville was referring to the incident in the first half of the friendly, when David Ospina and Pedro were involved in a collision.
David Ospina v Pedro
Ospina comes charging out on Pedro and causes serious harm to the Spaniard.
As a result of this incident, Pedro returned to London from the pre-season tour and it is the reason why he now wears a face mask.
Neither Ospina or Pedro were booked, albeit in a pre-season friendly.
Pedro gave away a free-kick…
Surprisingly, Pedro was penalised for the challenge on Ospina. But was not on the field to see the Arsenal free-kick taken.
As ever, Gary Neville makes the best point about the Sadio Mane incident.
And, it is worth plenty of Premier League goalkeepers and strikers taking heed to this advice from Gary Neville:
“The red yesterday irrespective of which view you have will result in total confusion in the coming weeks and months on high boot challenges”.
Watch Pedro v David Ospina
Gary Neville on Twitter
The red yesterday irrespective of which view you have will result in total confusion in the coming weeks and months on high boot challenges
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) September 10, 2017