Football world divided over Mane's red card in Liverpool rout

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Pep Guardiola hailed Ederson's bravery after a nasty collision involving the goalkeeper provided the major talking point of Manchester City's 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool.

De Bruyne, in comments published by the British press on Monday, said: "The guys who have come in have a very physical quality, they are very strong, very pacy".

"Any player who lunges at an opponent in challenging for the ball, using one or both legs, with excessive force, or endangers the safety of an opponent, is guilty of serious foul play". He runs more than anyone else.

"When you play 10 against 11 for 50 minutes it is a good advantage", admitted Guardiola.

"This season, he's in a good mood, maybe because he is a father". I am so happy with his performance. "And not just for today".

During the first half, de Bruyne split a killer pass to Aguero for the opening goal and emerged as the creative fulcrum of the team, stretching opposition defenders out of position and also assisting with crosses.

Arsenal finally keep a clean sheet and win for the first time since day 1, enjoying a surprising brace from Danny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette's second goal since arriving from Lyon, while the Cherries remain the only team without any points after four matches.

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But he re-emerged beside the dugout towards the end of the game, the left side of his face covered in a white dressing, and tests revealed he had not sustained any facial fractures.

The 24-year-old sustained the injury after racing to the edge of his box to head the ball clear and Guardiola praised him for his alertness.

Liverpool are next in action on Wednesday when they open their Champions League group stage campaign at home to Sevilla, before welcoming Burnley to Anfield in domestic competition next weekend. "Obviously we deserved to win".

Klopp revealed in his post-match media conference that Mane is very upset about his red card which will see the Senegal global serve a three-game ban in the Premier League.

"Of course it was not intentional from Mane".

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