Liverpool round-up: Klopp reacts to Manchester City thrashing; new Van Dijk rivals; no Mane appeal
Saturday saw Liverpool humiliated at the hands of Manchester City as the Reds were thrashed by five goals to nil, with a red card for Sadio Mane making the afternoon even worse. Manager Jurgen Klopp reacted post match to blame the performance of his side, saying to the club website:
“Against City, you can always come a step too late and then they pass through the lines so that’s how it is. We had our chances but we were at a maximum of 60 per cent – that’s why I thought if it was still 11 v 11… I don’t care about the result too much, you can create again chances, do this better and be more clinical in the other situations and you will score goals. Obviously all went against us, and the good moments we could not use and the bad moments give us the punch, so that’s how it was.”
Mane’s dismissal was a turning point for the club with any hope of coming back from behind ruled out as the Reds collapsed up against a rampant City side managed by Pep Guardiola.
In more bad news, the Mirror believe that Juventus have emerged as shock contenders for the signing of Southampton central defender Virgil van Dijk. They will reportedly approach the Saints and enquire as to whether a January sale could be a possibility after they refused to sell this summer.
Chelsea may also make a move if the south coast club are prepared to sell, whilst Liverpool retain a strong interest in the defender. The Dutch international submitted a transfer request to force through a move but did not see his wish fulfilled, and a January move may be more likely.
In the aftermath of Saturday’s defeat, Jurgen Klopp also appeared to suggest that the club would not appeal Sadio Mane’s red card for a high foot on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson. The Independent quote the German as saying:
“It never works. It would be another waste of time, like the game today. It was an accident. [Mane] is very unlucky. The situation I think everyone knows he didn’t see the goalie. There was not one second he looks on the goalie. He just wanted to get the ball as soon as possible. Hopefully the goalie is not seriously injured.”
In a controversial incident, fans and pundits alike have been split by the decision of referee Jon Moss. Now, Mane will miss league ties against Burnley and Leicester as well as an EFL Cup clash with the latter.