Published: Wed, April 05, 2017
Health Care | By Kelly Miles

Sadio Mane out of Liverpool's match with Bournemouth Wednesday

Sadio Mane out of Liverpool's match with Bournemouth Wednesday

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that they could be without Sadio Mane for the remainder of the season.

Senegal global Mane limped out of Saturday's (1 April) Merseyside derby victory over Everton following a tangle of legs with Toffees' captain Leighton Baines.

But manager Klopp said: "It is not 100% clear". "We will have to wait a little bit to see".

"It is possible", he stated, when asked whether Mane's season was over.

"We know that if we put them under pressure and don't give them time on the ball, we can try to force them into mistakes".

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Liverpool, who will be without England midfielder Adam Lallana for the next month due to a thigh injury sustained on global duty, face Bournemouth at Anfield before travelling to Stoke City on Saturday.

"We learned a lot".

Klopp insisted: "Everyone would miss Sadio, but the big problem in January was that it was such a hard part of the season".

With the battle for a top four finish and Champions League qualification far from over - both Manchester United and Arsenal in fifth and sixth respectively have two games in hand - every game counts more than ever and Liverpool have to deal with Mane being sidelined much better this time around.

Eddie Howe: "We're excited by the game we've got coming up". "The squad will change in a few positions".

"Because we miss different options in the offensive line, it doesn't mean that we can not score goals. We need to get results, and the first thing I will think about is how we can defend (against) Bournemouth not how can we create 27 chances?"

Coutinho has struggled for form since returning from an ankle problem in January but his display suggested he has rediscovered his sparkle - impressive after a long trip from World Cup qualifying in South American even if the club did charter a private jet to bring back him and compatriot Roberto Firmino.

"Then we were missing Sadio, in the shape he was in, and Phil as well, so it wasn't ideal".

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