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  1. Sadio Mane 3 Match Ban Upheld By FA

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    Sadio Mane will serve the full 3 match ban for getting a straight red card against Manchester City on Saturday.

    The Guinean was given a straight red card for a high foot which resulting in an injury to Manchester City goalkeeper, Edison resulting in his substitution for a facial injury which required stitches.

    Liverpool appealed the punishment which is automatically applied to a player receiving a straight red card on the grounds that it was “excessive punishment”

    The FA met today to consider the appeal and decided to uphold the 3 match ban.

    Mane will now miss the Premier League matches at home to Burnley and away to Leicester City as well as the League Cup game also away to Leicester City.

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    The ban only applies to domestic competitions and Mane is free to play in Liverpool’s opening Champions League group stage fixture against Sevilla at Anfield tomorrow evening.

    Mane will return for the away league fixture against Newcastle on Sunday October 1st.

  2. Liverpool To Appeal Sadio Mane Ban

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    Liverpool have appealed the 3 match ban handed down to Sadio Mane following the red card he received for a coming together with Man City’s goalkeeper, Ederson during the Premier League clash at the Etihad on Saturday.

    Mane received the straight red from referee Jonathan Moss for what he deemed a dangerous challenge as Mane’s boot was raised resulting in the Man City goalkeeper receiving facial injuries from Mane’s studs.

    Liverpool claim that the standard 3 match ban is excessive punishment as the Guinean did not intentionally cause the collision as he had his eye on the ball.

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    Klopp told Sky Sports: “The whole game was the red card. I don’t think it’s a red card, he doesn’t see him. I have seen the goalie already and it’s not that bad and it’s an accident. It’s unlucky, really unlucky to play against City with 10 men.”

    “It was unlucky, it was an accident. The goalkeeper comes out, Sadio wants the ball. To get a red card in a game like this is really unlucky.”

    The incident has sparked massive debate as to whether Mane should have received the straight  red card or just a yellow with pundits and fans alike.

    The situation was made even more confusing as Newcastle United’s Matt Ritchie only received a yellow card for an identical tackle on Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson in their Premier League clash on Sunday.


    Ederson posted this image of his injuries after the match on Saturday

    The appeal will be heard this morning and if successful could see the ban reduced to one or two matches instead of the 3 matches currently applied.

    Should the ban be upheld, Mane will miss the games at home to Burnley and away to Leicester in the league as well as the away tie to Leicester in the League Cup.

    He will however be eligible to line up at Anfield on Wednesday night in Liverpool’s Champions League tie against Sevilla as the ban only applies to domestic competitions.


  3. Lovren Heaps Praise On Joe Gomez

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    Dejan Lovren has spoken of his respect for Joe Gomez’ attitude during his recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament ligament injury that kept him out of the Liverpool line up for a year.

    19 year old Gomez returned to training last week to tumultuous applause from his team mates.

    Lovren said, “It was a really tough year for him. I was looking at him every day throughout the year he couldn’t play. He showed so much strength – his mentality was blowing me away.”

    “He was always positive about everything. He was definitely disappointed but he never stopped believing. It was so good to see him back on the pitch.”

    “The most important thing for him now is to keep his fitness. He’s coming back and hopefully he will have some games this year.”

    “I remember when we played with him last year – the first three games he played, he was amazing. He had an amazing start. This guy is so strong, he’s just 19. He is unbelievable. He can be a top player.”

    Gomez joined Liverpool from Charlton Athletic last year and impressed right from the start. He is a long way off the first team yet in terms of fitness and will hopefully feature for reds again soon.


  4. Mignolet: I Will Keep Fighting To Get My Place Back

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    Simon Mignolet has vowed to keep fighting to get his place as Liverpool’s number one goalkeeper back.

    Mignolet, who impressed in goal during Liverpool’s 2 – 1 victory over Tottenham in the fourth round of the EFL cup at Anfield last night is not happy to be the number two goalkeeper and has said that he can’t accept being second choice.

    “I don’t want to be a number two, that’s clear. I want to play. I will keep fighting to get my place back.”

    “I will never give up fighting firstly because that’s not in my character to just give up.”

    “Secondly because I am not in a situation where I can sit on the bench. I’m 28 years old and I want to play week in week out.

    “So I’ll work hard and I’ll never give up – giving up is not what I want to do. I see it as a challenge that I can overcome. Hopefully it will be a fair challenge based on performances put in on the pitch.”

    Mignolet has been unchallenged as Liverpool’s number one over the last few seasons and many say that the lack of competition for the coveted number one spot has meant that there has been no pressure to perform. The arrival of Loris Karius in the summer has meant that that situation has changed.

    Although Karius has failed to impress since his arrival, Klopp’s announcement that he is to remain as first choice keeper means that he will get an extended run in the team as he comes back from an injury.

    Mignolet said he’s not thinking about that. “It’s not in my character” he said.

    “The only thing I can then do is to play my best, work hard and keep my head down like I’ve always been doing. Then in the end you can’t complain that you have, how you say, let yourself down. I want to keep my head up and be professional.”

    “I can only do my job to the best of my ability – be the best I can. Hopefully I can get my chance again to show what I can do. I don’t want that to take long.”

    “I was happy with my performance against Tottenham. Sometimes as a keeper you have to help the team out in important moments and I did that.”

  5. Liverpool Not Near 100% yet

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    Jurgen Klopp played down talk of a title challenge from Liverpool this year but said that the mood around the club was good.

    Klopp said, “Nothing we have done so far has come close to 100%.”

    When it was mentioned at the press conference that people were saying that Liverpool are serious title contenders, Klopp responded by saying, “I don’t care (what people are saying).”

    “It’s normal in football that when you are in a good position people start talking a bit more positively. I recognise the mood – I feel it around LFC and it’s good.”

    “But unfortunately it’s still October and there is a long way to go. Hopefully you can ask these questions for the whole season. At the moment I have no answer for it. I’m not interested.”

    “It’s good until now. Not more, but good, so let’s carry on.”

    “We need to get better. Nothing we have done so far has come close to 100%,” he said.

    “Nobody in the dressing room feels that it’s not possible for us to play better. At Swansea in the first half, we were far away from the rhythm. Burnley wasn’t good, Man United wasn’t good.”

    “A lot of people said the last 10 minutes against West Brom could have been better and I’m sure it could have been. My job is to use the qualities of the players and show them the right way.”

    “We are on the way. We have to accept a few things that don’t work. There are a lot of things to think about.”

    “It’s good that we have the next game immediately and it’s a really strong opponent.”

  6. Loris Karius is Liverpool’s No 1 Goalkeeper

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    Jurgen Klopp has finally confirmed what a lot of Liverpool fans already suspected in that Loris Karius is Liverpool’s number 1 goalkeeper.

    Speaking during his pre match press conference on Monday afternoon before the EFL Cup tie with Tottenham at Anfield on Tuesday, Klopp fielded the inevitable questions about who would start in goal for the EFL cup game and what the chances were of Simon Mignolet starting the match.

    Klopp said “the chance is at 100%, That’s only if nothing happens. If anything happens in training then I don’t hope, he will play 100%.”

    When asked how Mignolet responded to not being the first choice, Klopp replied, “good. He is a real proffesional. We had a few talks because it’s not that I had the perfect answer. I couldn’t say no, you are bad and he is good and that’s why he is playing, so.”

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    “I said that is what I call a luxury problem. So it’s no problem and I only have to make a decision and I made the decision.”

    “Of course he was not happy about this but as I said, he is a very serious person and a good professional and for us it the most comfortable situation I could imagine, that we have these goalkeepers fit and in shape so that’s it.”

    “A few talks. Everything is good from my side. He is not happy but nobody can see this in training. He is still hard working, improving, all what he has to do and that’s all OK”

    When it was mentioned the Klopp previously said the he didn’t have a number one goalkeeper, he responded by saying, “In this moment we have a number one. That’s Loris Karius. Like we had a number one when Loris was not fit. It was Simon.”

    “So I now know what you make of this. I can imagine but that’s the situation. That’s how the goalkeeper knows. I can not leave them in doubt.”

    “There was a short period, a short moment with the two or three games which Loris we gave him to see a bit more of him but after the last international break, I spoke to both of them and then we made this decision.”

    “Loris is in this moment number one and Simon is number two but that’s all.”