Date published: Tuesday 4th April 2017 8:37| By Okafor Joseph
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp finally accepted is doubt that the Liverpool top scorer Sadio Mane’s season could be out for the rest of the season.
The Liverpool inform striker was forced off with a knee injury during Saturday’s Merseyside derby win over Everton, but the club’s medical staff have not yet been able to properly assess the problem.
Further investigation and examinations will take place but Klopp believes he could be without the the Senegal international players who has 13-goal to his name for their final eight matches as they seek to secure Champions League qualification.
The last time Mane was absent for a long period, when he was at the African Nations’ Cup in January, coincided with Liverpool’s worst run of the season, winning just once – against League Two Plymouth – in seven matches.
Klopp insists it was not just the forward’s absence which derailed their title bid as playmaker Philippe Coutinho was also making his way back from six weeks out with an ankle problem.
However, the German will hope the same effect is not felt as they seek to keep their place in the top four.
“Everyone would miss Sadio. Southampton probably still miss him, Red Bull Salzburg miss him,” he said.
“The big problem in January was not only Sadio missing. It was such a hard moment in January. We had all these games, it was not the freshest moment of the season.
“Then missing Sadio in the shape he was, plus missing Phil, was not perfect.”