Sadio Mane sustains hamstring injury

Sadio Mane sustains hamstring injury

Liverpool struggled without Mane midway through last season, when he was competing at the African Cup of Nations.

A statement on the club's website said he was substituted towards the end of Senegal's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over the Cape Verde Islands last Saturday.

Liverpool says Sadio Mane could be out for six weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury on worldwide duty with Senegal.

That's a huge blow for the Reds ahead of their home meeting with Manchester United this Saturday afternoon - but they should have enough firepower to cope in his absence.

And Liverpool have confirmed the Senegal star is set to be sidelined for up to six weeks.

Since signing for Liverpool from Southampton for a fee of £34 million in 2015, Mane has been in excellent form and has left a gaping hole in the side whenever he has not been available for selection.


Liverpool, now sitting seventh in the Premier League, can ill-afford to drop points against the rest of the "big six" in such a tight race for the Champions League places, never mind the Premier League title itself.

Liverpool are at their best on the counter, where Mane's speed across the pitch, as well as his speed of thought, are devastating to opponents.

The former Red Bull Salzburg man netted 13 goals in 27 Premier League appearances last term, and has scored three in four so far this season.

"Liverpool especially we talk a lot about (Philippe) Coutinho, Sadio Mane is another one".

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can pose the same threat with his incredible speed, though he lacks the finishing and killer instinct of Mane.

He will also miss three Champions League matchs, twice against Maribor and another face to Sevilla.

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