Jurgen Klopp on Tuesday confirmed Sadio Mane may miss the remainder of Liverpool’s season but insisted his side are better placed to cope without the winger.
The Senegal international must wait for the swelling to go down on his knee so he can undergo another scan to determine how much damage he suffered during a collision with Everton defender Leighton Baines in theMerseyside derby.
There is no timescale on how long Mane, who has been one of the outstanding performer’s in Liverpool’s campaign,
will be out but Klopp admitted the signs ‘are not very positive’ for the 24-year-old; the option of surgery has not yet been ruled out.
His absence would be a huge blow to Liverpool’s aspirations of qualifying for the Champions League. Mane has scored 13 Premier League goals so far, and the last time he had a prolonged absence in January, his side’s results plummeted.
Liverpool only won one of the seven matches for which Mane was absent while he was at the Africa Cup of Nations – that was an FA Cup third round replay at Plymouth – but Klopp insists the situation is now completely different.