The Senegalese worldwide was given a straight red by referee Jon Moss in the first half against City after he raised his foot into Ederson's face while challenging for the ball, leaving the Brazilian requiring stitches.
The Merseyside giants had been understandably keen to see the ban reduced as they and many others felt there was a case for saying Moss' decision was harsh. "He wanted to get the ball and it's important he does that in the next few games", said Klopp. A tackle that endangers the safety of an opponent must be sanctioned as serious foul play'.
Klopp's City counterpart Pep Guardiola agreed the complexion and balance of the game had been transformed by the red card.
It means that Mane will miss the Premier League game against Burnley at Anfield on Saturday, as well as away clashes with Leicester City in the League Cup (September 19) and the league (September 23). And obviously Ederson was not lucky.
"I didn't speak about the decision when we had Kyle Walker sent off against Everton so I will not now".
Mignolet, though, is looking forward to a return to the Champions League group stages against Sevilla. "I'm sure enough people will find a reason to say it's 100% a red card", continued the German.
"I still think we could have strengthened, without a doubt", he told Sky Sports.
"Things like this happen. They have players who can change games and make chances", he said.
"It happens in any sport, sometimes there is a certain moment or occasion when things happen the wrong way".
I will have this situation all the time over the next three or four weeks, so we thought: "OK, let's start immediately with this, give him three or four days of training and then he's available for us"."