Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane is to undergo surgery on his injured left knee, with Jurgen Klopp recently telling the BBC that he was “pretty sure” the Senegalese international would miss the rest of the campaign and that it was “pretty much impossible for him to play again”.
Currently there have been no exact details of the his injury yet, however it seems that the club will now confirm the news that Mane will play no further part in what remains of Liverpool’s season as he prepares to have an operation on his injured knee.
Important player for Liverpool
The former Southampton star has had an impressive first season at Anfield since joining from St Mary’s last summer. Mane has 13 goals and seven assists to his name in all competitions and has been a central part of Klopp’s plans for much of the campaign. His importance to our plans were highlighted more so when he was out of action due to representing Senegal at AFCON.
He is set to travel to London tomorrow where he will undergo surgery to correct the problem he sustained against Everton during the Merseyside derby on April 1. If the expected surgery goes well then it is anticipated Mane will be out of action for up to eight weeks. This will now mean he will be unable to play in any of Liverpool’s remaining six games.
Still after top four finish
Every Liverpool fan will really hope that Mane’s absence won’t stop our chance of finishing within the top four. There is some comfort though, as on Saturday we came from behind to beat Stoke City, proving to some that we can cope without the 25-year-old and secure a place in next season’s Champions League competition. This for many, will be the glimmer of hope we are after.
Whilst Klopp and his staff have already accepted that they will be without one of their key men for the run in, the confirmation of Mane’s surgery will end whatever small hopes they had that he could play some part in what remains of the season.