A selection of Liverpool Football Club-related stories and titbits you may have missed over the past seven days…
Liverpool have chosen to appeal Sadio Mané’s three-match ban following his sending-off in the heavy defeat at Manchester City on Saturday. The Reds are not contesting the actual dismissal itself but have informed the Football Association of their decision to appeal the length of the suspension.
The Senegalese speedster, who received his marching orders after catching Citizens keeper Ederson with a high boot, has wished his opponent well. “I hope and wish Ederson a quick recovery,” posted Mané on his official Facebook page. “I am so sorry he was hurt during our accidental collision on the pitch and am sorry for him that he could not complete the match because of it. I pray he heals fast and is back playing very soon!”
Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has admitted his team coped badly after being reduced to 10-men and they must learn from the experience in case it happens again. “It’s a really tough task,” analysed the Dutchman to the official website. “We have to learn from it because you never know when it could happen again. “You hope it never happens again but things can happen in a game and we must make sure, if it happens again, we do better with 10 men than we did. City are a good team of course, with good players, but we could have done better with 10 men. You have to look forward but we still have to learn from this. There are plenty of things we can learn from this game; we have to learn from that and then move on.”
Mohamed Salah has been named Standard Charted Player of the Month for August. The Egyptian scored three times in five games during the opening month of the season.
Champions League opponents Sevilla warmed-up for their midweek visit to Anfield with a 3-0 La Liga victory over Eibar. Looking ahead to Wednesday night, manager Eduardo Berizzo revealed he expected the weekend results to have little bearing on the outcome. “It should be noted that they played with a man less for an hour away from home,” commented the Argentine at his post-match press conference. “They’re a great team and that defeat doesn’t take anything away from them. Moreover, they’ll be wounded. We must keep putting together solid victories. Eibar were able to put us under pressure early on. After that, we put together the correct attacks. We must keep taking over matches. We must continue to work and be correct in our approach. Our performance leaves me satisfied.”
The comfortable victory over Eibar was marred by an injury to key attacking player Nolito. The summer arrival from Manchester City, who scored the third goal at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, suffered a thigh problem and subsequent scans have ruled him out of the trip to Merseyside.
The Sevilla match is likely to see the return of Philippe Coutinho after injury and a failed summer move to Barcelona. Discussing his return to the fold, after leaving him out of the squad to face City, manager Jürgen Klopp remarked post-match: “We play on Wednesday, we play on Saturday, we play, play, play, play, play. I will have the situation all the time now over the next three or four weeks. We thought it best to give him three or four days proper training and then he’ll be available for us, which is very good news. Phil is a fantastic player, and hopefully we can use him as quickly as possible.”
A late Yan Dhanda strike earned Liverpool U23s a deserved victory over Manchester City at Prenton Park on Sunday. The eye-catching 89th minute effort makes it four wins from four in Premier League 2 outings this season for the young Reds. LFC U23s: Grabara, Whelan, Johnston, N. Phillips, Jones, Coyle (Brannagan, 64′), Wilson, Virtue, Ings (Dhanda, 36′), Grujic, Brewster (Adekanye, 80′).
The victory was initially overshadowed by the early substitution of Danny Ings but manager Neil Critchley has since downplayed fears of another serious injury for a player who has missed the majority of the past two campaigns following knee surgeries. “It’s more a precaution than anything,” the U23s boss told Liverpoolfc.com. “He felt something very early in the game and he wasn’t quite right, so we’re not taking any chances with Danny and there are plenty of first-team games to come. We’ll just look after him and assess him, but I’m sure he’ll be fine.”
Curtis Jones and Rafael Camacho were on the mark as Liverpool U18s, who like their senior counterparts later in the day were reduced to 10-men before the interval, earned a 2-2 draw with Stoke City on Saturday morning. Steven Gerrard’s side lost goalkeeper Dan Atherton with the score at 1-1 but still managed to retake the lead before being pegged back for a second time. LFC U18s: Atherton, Hunter, Lewis, R Williams, Glennon, Dixon-Bonner (Millar), Camacho, Tagseth, McAuley (B Williams), Jones, Longstaff (Griffiths).
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