The Senegal star was sent off during last weekend’s 5-0 hammering at the Etihad for a high, studs-up tackle that left the keeper needing stitches in a nasty face wound.

Mane revealed he had apologised to Ederson following the flashpoint. But the Anfield ace claims he will do nothing different if the situation arises again.

He said: “Honestly, I think the next time I will get the ball before him, I will do my best.

“My intention was not to hurt the goalkeeper. It was a challenge for the ball.

“I made contact and it was not what I wanted to do so I apologised to him. It is part of football so I cannot change anything.

“I don’t have his number so I just post messages for him. I think he sees them.

“Honestly, I was going for the ball. I don’t have intention to hurt him because I am not that kind of player so I wish him a quick recovery.”

The dismissal divided football opinion, with some pundits claiming Mane had every right to go in on the Brazilian as the pair competed for the ball.

Liverpool lost their appeal over Mane’s three-match suspension and, although he was able to play in the midweek Champions League draw with Sevilla, he will start his ban against Burnley tomorrow.