Liverpool forward Sadio Mane catches City goalkeeper Ederson with his right boot when contesting a ball over the top
It might be suggesting a little too much to argue this was the day that Manchester City’s title challenge fully ignited. After all, they were aided considerably by an awful error of judgement from Sadio Mane, whose 37th minute boot the face of City goalkeeper Ederson became the defining moment of this much-anticipated game.
From thereon in, one-nil down and with just ten men to play with after Mané’s expulsion, Liverpool’s fate looked sealed. However, there was a slickness and panache to City in taking their opportunity to demolish a weakened rival which did catch the eye.
Judgement will be suspended until they face a sterner challenge from eleven men. The unfolding events in Manchester, and the dismissal of Sané, all played to their attacking strengths and hid their defensive weaknesses.
Serio Aguero rounds Simon Mignolet in the Liverpool goal to give Manchester City the lead at the Etihad Stadium
The Argentine striker celebrates with Gabriel Jesus after latching on to Kevin De Bruyne's through ball to score
The incident left the Brazilian goalkeeper prone on the Etihad pitch after feeling the full force of the Senegal star's foot
Mane begins to protest his innocence as he rises to his feet, something his opponent cannot do after the collision
+15Jon Moss took his time to make his decision before brandishing the red card to the Liverpool forward
The challenge left Ederson needing attention from City club doctors, and he was taken off the field of play on a stretcher