Sadio Mane has sustained a hamstring injury and could miss up to six weeks of football, which serves as a major blow for Premier League club Liverpool.
The Senegalese will miss his side’s blockbuster home clash against Manchester United on Saturday, and Jurgen Klopp will be dearly missing his in-form asset. Mane suffered a hamstring injury during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier match against Cape Verde Islands last weekend, and Liverpool confirmed the news on their official site.
The versatile forward will also miss key clashes for Liverpool in the Champions League this month, adding to the injured list that also has Adam Lallana in it. Klopp will be looking up to Philippe Coutinho to fill in the shoes for Mane and link up well in attack to create problems for Jose Mourinho’s men.
Mane, alongside Coutinho, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Ballon d’Or, and has already looked sharp to develop his growth. He has been in supreme form in the Premier League, after netting three goals in four matches, and his pace on the left will be missed at Anfield.
This is the second time this season Mane that has been sidelined, after having previously suffered a three-game ban following a straight red card against Manchester City last month. And now, this injury comes at a crucial juncture for both the player and the club.
The Reds have been struggling to gain foothold in the league, and have drawn 2 games in the Champions League, besides already bowing out of the Carabao Cup. Therefore, this game at Anfield against their arch-rivals is of utmost significance, especially if they can get a win and build on from here. Klopp has a job to do without Mane, so it be!
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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