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ED KNOCK SHOCKER; City keeper escapes serious injury as Mane's red-card kick gives him scare Manchester City 5 Liverpool 0.

City keeper Ederson last night admitted he got the fright of his life after being booted flush in the face by Liverpool's Sadio Mane.

The shot-stopper needed medical treatment for eight minutes after the pair collided in yesterday's clash.

But after leaving City's medical facility after checks the PS35million Brazilian revealed he was OK.

He tweeted: "Hi, everyone - I am well. What a fright! Thanks for all your messages of support."

The 37th-minute incident proved pivitol. Mane was red-carded for his high kick on the keeper and City ran riot against the 10-men Reds.

Jurgen Klopp claimed the Senegal star had made a genuine attempt to play the ball and was almost sent to the stand for protesting to ref Jon Moss.

The Kop boss said: "Moss was close to sending me to the stands.

"I don't know what he thought but I said to the fourth official that I didn't think it was a red card.

"It was an accident.

"Everyone knows Sadio didn't see the goalie and didn't try to kick the goalie. He is very upset.

"The decision had a big influence on the game. It was not a foul but it was a red card and you have to accept it."

Mane posted on Facebook last night to wish Ederson a speedy recovery.

He said: "I am so sorry he was hurt during our accidental collision on the pitch and am sorry for him that he could not complete the match because of it. I pray he heals fast and is back playing very soon."

City led through Sergio Aguero's 24thminute strike when Mane saw red and the 10 men then collapsed. Gabriel Jesus and sub Leroy Sane scored two apiece as Pep Guardiola's men romped it.

It was the first time City had scored five goals in a game against Liverpool since March 1937 when they won 5-1. Guardiola said: "Ederson's bone isn't broken - that's important.

"He won't be more beautiful but I hope he can come back soon. Of course it was not intentional from Mane. He didn't see him but the impact was hard."

Aguero put City ahead against the run of play. The Argentine timed his run between Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip to perfection and latched on to Kevin de Bruyne pass to lash home.

City really turned the screw though after Mane's sending off.

In first-half injury time for Ederson's treatment Jesus flicked home another perfect De Bruyne cross.

And the Anfield side were carved apart in the 53rd minute when Aguero teed up Jesus to score his second with a tap-in.

Guardiola sent on sub Sane and he piled on the misery, adding the finishing touch to Benjamin Mendy's low cross in 77 minutes then, in injury time, beating Simon Mignolet from 25 yards.

Guardiola added: "Sometimes it is not easy to play against 10 men - but we did it well."

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BOOTIFUL GAME Ederson takes flying kick to face from Mane and is given oxygen as he is carried off (top)

FIVE-STAR Gabriel Jesus celebrates goal but is was dismal day for Klopp

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 10, 2017
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