Liverpool have received some bad news during the intenational break, as star winger Sadio Mané has suffered a hamstring injury while on duty for Senegal and has been sent back to Merseyside ahead of schedule.
According to Mail Online, the Senegalese Football Federation has confirmed Mané has returned to England ahead of a second match against South Africa. His last outing also came versus Bafana Bafana.
Rather frustratingly the hamstring issue is the same that sidelined Mané earlier this season, where he missed nearly all of the Reds’ matches in October before returning in the win over West Ham United.
It’s unclear what the long-term repercussions of this latest setback will be and all Reds fans will hope our star forward won’t miss too much time.
Mane’s return to action against the Hammers was well ahead of schedule, so it’s not a bad idea to send him back to Liverpool’s doctors. They worked their magic once before and are likely in the best position to nurse the forward back to health once again.
To say he’s been sensational at Anfield since his move last year is a big understatement. His excellent combination of raw athleticism and finishing ability makes him a perfect fit for Jurgen Klopp’s system, built around pressing and pace.
Liverpool have won their last two Premier League matches after a three-game slide in which the defence made countless errors. The back line still appears shaky at best, and Klopp needs his attack to carry the team and outscore opponents.
Liverpool face Mane’s former club Southampton after the international break before they make the difficult trip to Spain to take on Sevilla.