Jurgen Klopp admits that Sadio Mane was ‘surprised’ during the substitution against Atletico Madrid … but maintains Liverpool star ‘had no chance’ to avoid a red card
- Sadio Mane was retired during the break in the defeat of Liverpool by Atletico Madrid
- Senegalese winger picked up an early yellow card in the last 16 draw
- Jurgen Klopp did not believe that Reds would end the match with 11 men if he stayed
Sadio Mane was surprised that he was withdrawn during the break of the last 16 defeat of Liverpool in the Champions League by Atletico Madrid, admits Jurgen Klopp.
The Liverpool boss said on Tuesday-evening that he had picked up Mane because he feared he would be sent after the Spanish team had surrounded referee Szymon Marciniak and asked for a second yellow card after an incident before half-time.
Holders were already lagging behind when their star-man was forced out, but Klopp was certain he did not believe Liverpool could finish the game with 11 if he held Mane.
Jurgen Klopp attended a press conference on Friday prior to Liverpool’s clash with West Ham
Klopp admits that Sadio Mane was ‘surprised’ when he was set off halfway against Atletico Madrid
Mane was booked early and Klopp feared that the Liverpool star would be sent
He said on Friday: “I spoke to him this morning, I asked if he was surprised and he said” yes. ”
“I don’t think he had a chance, my honest opinion. We needed him physically, in contact with opponents.
‘It’s part of it, I don’t like it very much, the situation that they have created with eight players around the referee
“I didn’t believe we could complete the game with 11 on the field with him.
“But now he’s all right, he’s well rested, which is also good.”
Klopp claims that Mane is now ‘completely fine’ and rested on Monday evening’s game