Liverpool Winger Picks Up Knock While On International Duty: Should Klopp Be Concerned?

Liverpool wide player Sadio Mane suffered an injury scare while on international duty with Senegal. The Reds speedster picked up a knock when he collided with Dani Alves during the early stages of Senegal’s friendly match versus Brazil away in Singapore. 

The LFC TV commentator provided an update on how Mane got injured when he said (via the Daily Express), “Concern for Sadio Mane there. Just got a bang.”

Liverpool’s Injury Worries Ahead Of Man United Clash

This recent development will concern Jurgen Klopp as he prepares his side to face Manchester United at Old Trafford later this month. To make things worse, Mohamed Salah has sustained an ankle injury during Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Leicester City last weekend. Thus, there is a chance that both Mane and Salah might not be at 100% for the trip to the Theatre of Dreams after the international break.

Mane’s Incredible Year At Merseyside

The Senegal international has enjoyed a fantastic start to this campaign as his goal-scoring contributions helped Liverpool secure an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League standings. The 27-year-old has scored eight goals and created two assists in 11 appearances for the Reds this season. Mane has arguably been Klopp’s best player in this calendar year and is currently enjoying a rich vein of form for the European champions.

Mane boasts blistering pace and can be a potent goal-threat on the counter. He is also not afraid to help out the Liverpool full-backs at the back as evidenced by his match-winning performance versus Leicester City last weekend. Klopp’s ‘heavy metal’ style of football at Anfield can only be possible if players like Mane are willing to put in a tireless shift with or without the ball.

Should Klopp Be Concerned About Mane’s Knock?

However, the fact that Mane went on to play for the full 90 minutes in his nation’s 1-1 draw versus Brazil should serve as proof that maybe the knock is not as serious as it first looked. For now, Klopp has no reason to be concerned, but the German manager would hope that Mane does not go on to aggravate his injury during the remainder of this international break.

With matches coming thick and fast in the Premier League over the next few months, Liverpool will need all of their first-team stars fit and available for selection if they are to continue their flawless march towards the Premier League title.

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