Jurgen Klopp has disclosed that Sadio Mane will sit out Liverpool ’s forthcoming games against West Ham and Southampton with a “small muscle tear”.
The Reds saw their Senegalese forward pick up an untimely injury throughout a 2-1 win over
Wolves and he was forced from the field at Molineux, raising fears on his long-run fitness.
Liverpool were fast to play down the severity of the matter, with Klopp suggesting in the immediate aftermath of yet one more win for his Premier League title chasers that a key man had simply tweaked something.
Mane’s complaint is a very little a lot of serious than that, however the hope is that he won’t be sidelined for long.
The Reds are going to be cautious of rushing him back to action however, with the club’s winter break approaching, he will be granted an extended amount of rest.
Klopp isn’t expecting to have Mane at his disposal again until taking in an exceedingly meeting with Norwich on February fifteen.
That means the 27-year-old, WHO has another fifteen goals to his name this season, will miss forthcoming fixtures against the Hammers and Saints.
Klopp told reporters once asked for an update on Mane: “Sadio won’t be involved for West Ham and probably not Southampton. at the moment he will be back on track.
“He has a tiny muscle tear that is serious enough. we were lucky with it though it wasn’t too serious. He’s out for 3 games.”
Mane has already sat out Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Shrewsbury within the fourth round of the fa Cup and will even be absent for a replay at Anfield, with Klopp planning on fielding his youngsters once more in this contest .
The decision to keep his senior stars out of a return date with the Shrews has attracted criticism from some , with English football’s oldest cup competition thought-about to be being undermined, however the Liverpool boss stands by his call.
He said, with U23 coach Neil Critchley and his side set to step in as they did for a carabao Cup quarter-final date with Aston Villa earlier within the season: “I love cup competitions.
“In Dortmund i was three or four times in a final. however I have to see the larger picture. The players have their [training and mid-season break] programme.
“Critch did very, very well at Aston Villa. The goals they scored there – forget them. With the same performance, the boys have an opportunity against Shrewsbury. I hope they will make it.”
Klopp added on the necessity to own a break: “I don’t wish to be the one who is the shouter for everyone.
“If we don’t raise the matter it’ll be solely more. we want to play soccer as usually as possible – the key word is possible.
“But there comes a moment where we must say ‘no’.”