Liverpool appear to have been dealt a major blow following an injury to Sadio Mane ahead of the Reds’ final Premier League game of the season, and whilst the Anfield faithful are duly frustrated and fearing the worst, there is seemingly already a plan in motion to cover his loss.
Jurgen Klopp’s men face two season defining games in the next two-weeks, firstly to secure a top four position against Brighton – where avoiding defeat will confirm their position – before having a chance to secure the club’s sixth European Cup against Real Madrid.
However, with injuries seemingly mounting up, the news of Mane picking up another injury has not been taken kindly as the Sengal international has been a key figure in Liverpool’s frightening front three who have combined for 87 goals across all competitions this term.
Asked if Mane was available for selection on Sunday, Klopp said: “We will see. It is not the same injury. It’s a fresh problem.”
With Emre Can, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Matip all ruled out, the thought of yet another senior figure in the treatment has spread panic throughout the fan base as concerns mostly surround the 25-year-old’s availability for the showdown in Kiev, but in the meantime the Anfield faithful have come up with a suitable replacement.
The left-back who has been usurped by Andy Robetson is one of Liverpool’s only remaining players with suitable pace, so why not…
And there was one line of thinking when Mane’s injury news emerged…