Premier League runaway leaders Liverpool suffered an injury blow as Sadio Mane was taken off against Wolves.
The 27-year-old Senegalese forward has been near ever-present under Jurgen Klopp this season having started in 21 of their opening 23 league outings.
How important has Mane been for Liverpool this season? Five key things to know…
- Mane has been a regular pick under Klopp, starting in 21 of their opening 23 league matches this season.
- He’s registered 11 goals which is the most by any Liverpool player alongside Mohamed Salah.
- Mane has subsequently created 39 chances and six assists, only Trent Alexander-Arnold (63 and 10 respectively) has produced more.
- He was forced off in the 33rd minute against Wolves with an injury.
- His replacement Takumi Minamino made his Premier League debut.
He wouldn’t complete the game at Molineux on Thursday evening after going down with a mysterious knock in the 33rd minute, as Liverpool were 1-0 up through Jordan Henderson, subsequently leading to January signing Takumi Minamino making his Premier League debut.
Up until that unfortunate moment, Mane had been largely anonymous for the Reds having not made a single attempt on goal, though he did manage to create a single goalscoring opportunity.
Subscribe to Squawka’s Youtube channel here.
Before this evening, he’d been Liverpool’s leading Premier League scorer, alongside Mohamed Salah, on 11 goals. Him going off means it’s now three consecutive matches without a goal, which is the longest such run he’s gone through this season — on three previous occasions, Mane has gone two matches without scoring a league goal.
It remains to be seen how serious this knock is but after the match, Klopp stated that Mane “felt something” in his hamstring and could now miss Liverpool’s next three games.
“I don’t know the situation exactly,” he said. “It’s probably a muscle.
Sadio Mané went off injured after 33 minutes to be replaced by Takumi Minamino for his Premier League debut. pic.twitter.com/KblxpeKUUa
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) January 23, 2020
“He felt something, a hamstring. We don’t know yet obviously. We have to wait. We will see.
“Shrewsbury next on Sunday, then West Ham on Wednesday then Southampton, that’s tough. And that is probably without Sadio, so we will see.”
Mane himself appeared to suggest to Liverpool doctor Andy Massey that he suspected a hamstring injury as he left the Molineux pitch.