Speaking to BT Sport after Liverpool’s 2-1 convert Wolves in Thursday night, Jurgen Klopp hinted that Sadio Mane is probably going to miss the Reds’ next three fixtures.
Mane was forced off within the half of the sport at Molineux with what Klopp described as “a muscle tweak”.
The Reds’ manager was then asked about Liverpool’s upcoming schedule as his side will now play three games over the course of eight days.
First up is Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round clash with Shrewsbury, before Wednesday night’s trip to the London Stadium to face West Ham and Saturday’s visit of Southampton to Anfield.
When asked about those fixtures, Klopp said that his side are going to be playing those games “probably without Sadio”.
After the clash against the Saints, Liverpool have a two-week break before they visit the South-East to face Norwich City.
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Mane was unlikely to feature against Shrewsbury on Sunday as Klopp is predicted to pick a much-changed team for the FA game , but he’d have almost-certainly been involved against West Ham and Southampton.
Liverpool’s convert Wolves saw them extend their lead at the highest of the Premier League table to 16 points, which provides them a really large margin for error in their remaining 15 games, so albeit the team is weakened without Mane, Klopp’s men shouldn’t be fretting an excessive amount of .
The Reds have lost key players like Alisson and Joel Matip for long periods already this season and have still managed to remain unbeaten on the Premier League, with the likes of Adrian and Joe Gomez stepping up when needed.
With Mane now set to miss a minimum of subsequent two league games, players like Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri might be given an opportunity to start out the clashes with the Hammers and therefore the refore the Saints and the expectations are going to be that they are available in and play well.
Personally, I’d wish to see Origi are available for Mane for the 2 league games. Liverpool used a forward line of Origi, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah against Norwich back in August, a game they won 4-1.
The attack looked very dangerous and balanced therein game and it might be nice to urge a repeat of that performance against the Hammers and therefore the Saints.
Source : readliverpoolfc.com