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Ederson starts for Manchester City after Mane clash

Ederson of Manchester City is stretchered off during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium Ederson was treated for eight minutes on the pitch and tested quickly afterwards Credit Getty Images Europe
Alejandro Castrejon | Setiembre 14, 2017, 02:09

The club's reigning player of the year, who made his first league start of the season in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Stoke, has struggled for minutes on the pitch after the arrival of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea. "By the end it was brutal, and Pep Guardiola subtly pointed out that with ten men at Goodison Park last month, his own team had almost won the game".

Already trailing to a Sergio Aguero goal, Liverpool conceded two more to Gabriel Jesus on either side of halftime and fell to a rare five-goal defeat when Leroy Sane also scored twice in the final quarter of an hour.

Mane's clash with City keeper Ederson was accidental and while it may be a red card under the rules of the game, the suspension that goes with it has to be over the top.

Ederson left the field on a stretcher following the challenge but was named in City's squad for the Champions League match at Feyenoord on Wednesday having returned to training in protective headwear to cover his facial wounds. That, in turn, led to a longer period of isolation from the side for the Ivorian.

Romelu Lukaku put them ahead in the 58th minute, only for Choupo-Moting to equalise.

The 26-year-old Danish international - last year's Eredivisie top scorer with 21 goals in 32 games - will not play in the City match which opens their Group F campaign, Feyenoord announced on Monday.

The City boss added that the full reason would be kept between himself and the player.

Strike partnerships may have gone out of fashion to a degree but the potency of these two could change that, at City at least. It is a big task for us but a big opportunity for us to get a result.

"I am not sure if I am disappointed, I didn't expect anything different", said Klopp.

Some hardcore Feyenoord supporters have built up a reputation as troublemakers, getting involved in skirmishes with the law and fans of other clubs. I know how complicated it is.

"It's hard in the Champions League", he said. I have to speak with him.

The Guardian's Daniel Taylor was particularly impressed with Leroy Sane's perfectly placed fifth.