Jurgen Klopp reveals that he replaced Sadio Mane during the break to prevent him from being sent away
“The plan was to get Sadio out of the game”: Jurgen Klopp reveals that he has replaced Mane during the break to prevent him from being eliminated after the offside was the target of players of Atletico Madrid after the first half of the booking
- Sadio Mane was replaced during the break in the 1-0 defeat of Liverpool against Atletico
- Mane was booked in the first half and then targeted by Atletico players
- Klopp says he was afraid that Mane would pick up a second booking if he stayed
Jurgen Klopp admitted that he had to replace Sadio Mane for fear that he would be dismissed after being targeted by the dark arts of Atletico Madrid.
The Senegal international was booked for a meeting with Atleti right back Sime Vrasjko early in the first half and found the Spanish team around referee Szymon Marciniak, and asked for a second yellow card, after an incident before half time.
Mane never played for the second half and his presence was missed when Liverpool ended up with a 1-0 defeat in the Wanda Metropolitano, balancing their hopes of preserving the Champions League, but Klopp believes things will be different when they meet again.
Jurgen Klopp says he replaced Sadio Mane during the break to prevent him from being sent away
Klopp felt that Atletico players were deliberately knocked to the ground after Mane was booked in the first half
The winger had a quiet opening 45 minutes when Liverpool struggled to come out of first gear
“Mane was clearly the target that was clear, Mane played a really good first half and all they wanted was to make sure he got a yellow one,” said Klopp, whose party lost 1-0 to Saul Niguez’s fourth minute goal. “The plan was to get Sadio out of the game tonight,” Klopp said. I was afraid that his opponent would perish if he took a deep breath. ”
Atletico’s players and fans wildly celebrated the final whistle. Diego Simeone insisted that he didn’t even think about what could happen on March 12 at Anfield, but Klopp is determined that the match will see Liverpool in a different light.
“The intensity that we put into the game, in a stadium like this, where they constantly go to the gas station,” Klopp said. “We drive with one tank. I’m not sure if Diego has seen much of the game because he was constantly animating the audience. That is exactly how it is on the other side. That is changing now.
Klopp was yellow-carded because, in the second half, he protested with the referee
‘We have said before about the power of Anfield and the influence that a stadium can have. We saw it tonight. If you want to play like this … the whole stadium wanted a result. It was not sensational football. They wanted a result and they got a result.
They are happy now and we are not happy at the moment. Do we have to be perfect? We always try to be perfect. There are five, six, seven things that we know we can improve. ”
Simeone felt the atmosphere make a difference and said: “The feeling that came from the people, the response from the people, I have rarely seen from our fans at this level. They were there the entire game. It made me put on my boots and go out into the field. ”