Liverpool’s season might be in serious turmoil with the news that Sadio Mane who happens to be one of the top performers for Liverpool this season could miss as much as the next 10 games.
The Senegales winger suffered a serious injury blow while on duty for his country’s World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde at the weekend, picking up hamstring tear that could rule him out for the next six weeks.
Reds will have to play Manchester United on Saturday without arguably their most influential attackers and also crunch ties against top-four rivals Tottenham and Chelsea.
Also their chances to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League without their talisman, who finished as the club’s top scorer in the Premier League last season is in serious doubt.
Mane will be out of the next three European matches, and those visits to Maribor and Sevilla, as well as the return with Maribor will ultimately determine if they get out of the group stage for the first time since 2009.
Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp has made no secret of how important he feels Mane is to Liverpool’s Season, with the German coach insisting his side’s biggest achievement last season was to qualify for the Champions League when missing their most important player for three months.
And the stats back up those fears, with Liverpool struggling in his absence with a win rate of just 43 per cent, while the figure rockets to 60 per cent when the Senegal star is in the line up.
In all, he has already missed 14 Premier League matches due to injury, suspension and international duty, and of those Klopp’s men have won just six.
With Liverpool winning just a game since August, they can hardly afford to be without the man who swept the board in the club’s end of season awards in May, and was also nominated for the Ballon d’Or on Monday.
Mane picked up the injury in the closing minute of Senegal’s 2-0 win on Saturday night.
After flying back into England for tests on Monday, scans showed he had suffered a tear in the left hamstring.
Mane has already begun rehab and Liverpool Medical Team are hoping he will respond quickly to treatment to reduce his recovery period and perhaps stand an outside chance of making the clash against Chelsea on November 25.
But that will be touch and go, with the club issuing a statement which read: “It has now been confirmed that he picked up an injury during international duty that could keep him out of action for up to six weeks.”