It’s pity to lose your key players at crucial time, but Liverpool has been used to it. They lost Coutinho and Sadio Mane at the same time in January and it cost them dearly. Once again, they’ll be without Mane for the rest of the season because Senegal international will go through a knee surgery. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Mane will miss the rest of the season and it may cost Liverpool their Champions League berth.
Klopp told reported in his pre-match press conference before the Stoke City game as reported by Liverpoolfc.com, “Sadio will, we’re pretty sure, need surgery. We’re not 100 per cent sure when it will happen, but then it is clear his season is over. That’s what I expected, actually, when I saw the video after the game. I thought he was lucky in this situation that not more happened, but now we are close to the end of the season and that means it will be pretty much impossible that he will play again this season. But then he’ll have a long break and be ready for next season, so that’s the only good news.”
– “Lallana’s better. Not an option yet.”
– “Henderson on a good way.”
– “Sadio needs surgery. His season is over.” pic.twitter.com/ipCiBGXUrf
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 7, 2017
Mane suffered the injury during Liverpool 3-1 victory against Everton at Anfield last weekend. He wasn’t in Liverpool squad against Bournemouth and Cherries earned a point playing a 2-2 draw at Anfield in midweek. Bournemouth also become the first side to earn four points against Liverpool this season as they also earned a 4-3 victory at Vitality Stadium in previous fixture. It gives the clear indication; Liverpool is going to suffer in absence of their best player of the season and they still have seven games to play.
Reds can’t relax and they need maximum points from their remaining seven games. Mane injury is a worrying sign for the Reds and their struggle against bottom half haven’t solved. Bournemouth draw given the clue, and their five of the seven opponents sits in bottom half. Stoke City, Crystal Palace, Watford, West Ham and Middlesbrough will be pretty challenging for them, and not to mention Southampton has cause them more trouble than any other team this season. Eighth placed West Brom will be their only favorite opponent from the remaining fxtures, and I’ll more sure of three points if they find a place in top six before Liverpool visit them at The Hawthorns.
Liverpool sits at third with 60 points, but the next three rivals competing for Champions League berth have played lesser game than the Reds. Fourth placed City has 58 points from 30 games, whereas fifth placed Arsenal and sixth placed Manchester United have 54 points from 29 games. If they win their spare games, they will be knocking on the door of Liverpool.