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Klopp admits he did not expect Liverpool’s appeal to be accepted

Sadio Mane has received a three-game ban after his brutal tackle on Ederson.

Liverpool football club have tried to appeal for the Senegal international’s three-match suspension following his direct red card against Manchester City, however, the FA has decided to uphold the ban to its full.

Both Klopp and Guardiola sympathized with Mane since it was an ‘accidental collision’ and the Senegal forward never intended to hurt Ederson in the process. Yet, the Reds boss said that he expected nothing out of the appeal and that it was simply a ‘waste of time’.

“I’m not sure if I’m disappointed, I didn’t expect anything different. I thought our appeal was absolutely right,” Klopp said as quoted by Goal.

“We never appealed the red card, only the length of the suspension. But actually I never thought [a reduction in the ban] would happen, only because I am used to things like this.”

“We only wanted to bring into relation with the other issues. If they would have said: ‘It’s two games, not three games’ then I think it would still be a red card.

“He already has half-a-game suspension from City, so I think it would have been a right decision if they would have said: ‘One game less’, so it’s two and a half instead of three and a half.

“It was our duty to appeal, but as I said after the game, it was a waste of time.”