Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp put himself on a collision course with Gareth Southgate after criticising the England boss' handling of Jordan Henderson.
The German was unhappy his captain played the full 90 minutes in both their recent qualifying matches, particularly the game against Lithuania on an artificial pitch with their World Cup place already secured.
Over the past year Henderson has had to cope with a troublesome heel problem which saw him miss the final three months of last season.
"England played a friendly game on an artificial surface - it was a qualification game but they had already qualified - and I was not happy that Hendo was on the pitch to be honest with all the problems he's had in the past," said Klopp.
"It made no sense. We cannot be involved in this. They all make their own decisions.
"No manager of a national team asked me so far before a game 'How would you line up?'.
"We watch it, we wait until they come back and we take what we get."
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Liverpool have been dealt a huge blow just days before the visit of arch-rivals Manchester United after Sadio Mane was ruled out for six weeks with a hamstring injury.
The pacy forward was injured on international duty with Senegal and his absence could not have come at a worse time as manager Jurgen Klopp looks to get their season back on track after an indifferent September.
"The winger was substituted 89 minutes into Senegal's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over the Cape Verde Islands on Saturday," said a Liverpool statement.
"And it has now been confirmed that he picked up an injury during that fixture that could keep him out of action for up to six weeks."
Mane, who scored 13 Premier League goals last season despite missing the whole of January due to the African Nations Cup and the final six weeks of the campaign with a knee injury, has three in four league matches so far.
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard insists there is no need to panic about the club's recent struggles.
One win in seven matches in all competitions has seen criticism of Jurgen Klopp's side grow but Gerrard, now under-18s manager, insists there is no cause for concern with the club just two points off the top four and still unbeaten in the Champions League.
"We're seven games into a Premier League campaign - there's no time to panic," he told liverpoolfc.com.
"We've got a wonderful manager and coaching staff that are looking after these players.
"I think everything is fine. I'm not one that jumps on the bandwagon and listens to criticism after seven games.
"I used to judge myself and the team I was playing in at least 10 or 15 games into the season so let's see where we are then.
"I've got every confidence we'll be in the top four and everything will be a little happier than it is at the moment.
"What the Liverpool team have to do at the moment is stick together and see where they are in four or five games' time."
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Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson is being assessed for a facial fracture after a nasty collision with Liverpool forward Sadio Mane on Saturday.
The former Benfica stopper was caught in the face by a high foot from Mane in the first half of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Senegal striker Mane was given a straight red card by referee Jonathan Moss before Ederson was removed from the pitch on a stretcher after eight minutes of treatment.
City's number one, who was replaced by Claudio Bravo, was then taken to the nearby Manchester Institute of Health and Performance to be assessed.
Press Association Sport understands Ederson, who cost £35million this summer, did not suffer concussion but the club's medical team are checking for fractures.
Mane, meanwhile, can expect to miss Liverpool's next three domestic games - against Burnley and Leicester in the Premier League as well as a clash against the Foxes in the Carabao Cup.
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