Jurgen Klopp blames Liverpool midfield for Man City defeat

Coutinho axed for City clash

Coutinho axed for City clash

The Reds were already trailing to Sergio Aguero's 24th-minute finish when Sadio Mane was sent off eight minutes before half-time for a high challenge on goalkeeper Ederson.

Guardiola opined (via FourFourTwo) after the final whistle that Mane only had eyes for the ball and was a little unlucky to see red.

"I spoke to the doctor and he said it's not a broken bone, so that is of course so important".

However, the City boss had more positive news to bring us regarding Ilkay Gundogan as the German international is now considered fit and available for selection this weekend.

"But the decisive decision in the whole game was the red card". And if then Nicolas Otamendi had seen the second yellow he likely deserved when he clattered cleats and knees and ankles into Sadio Mané's chest, City would have been the ones down to ten men.

Liverpool is in second place in the EPL behind Manchester United after two wins and a draw from its first three fixtures.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think there will be a statue of him going up at Anfield any time soon, but fans do forgive and forget.

"So I have decided to leave him out of the squad for City".

Kompany is one of the best Premier League defenders we've ever seen. "He is good in small spaces, really good in big spaces, a good dribbler, a good passer - there's a lot of things I really like".

"With his quality, his commitment without the ball". Liverpool average 3 goals per game, City average 1.6 (in the last three games). We can use these four or five days for proper training - we have all the numbers [regarding Coutinho's physical performance] from the Brazilian FA.

"After that I think we played really smart".

Guardiola is not short of playmaking options, having deployed David Silva in tandem with De Bruyne in every game so far this term, while close-season arrival Bernardo Silva was an unused substitute against Liverpool.

Coutinho returned home via private jet on Wednesday with club-mate Roberto Firmino, Manchester City trio Ederson, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus and Chelsea's Willian.

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