Liverpool’s top scorer and star man Sadio Mane has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Mane is a key component of Liverpool’s success and they will surely be going to miss him in the run in. Manager Jurgen Klopp has also said that the Senegalese international may need surgery on his knee.
The club’s medical staff have confirmed Mane has damaged the cartilage in his left knee. the worry is he has damaged a meniscus in his left knee. The menisci are pieces of cartilage in the knee that cushion and stabilise the joint, acting in effect like shock absorbers.
Some top-level footballers, such as former Red Luis Suarez, have recovered from the damage to the cartilage in the knee within around a month to play football again.
But speaking in general terms about such injuries, doctor’s advice says it would not be wise to rush back to playing in around six weeks.
In the summer of 2014, Suarez, then a Liverpool player, injured his left knee while training for the World Cup. An MRI scan found meniscus damage and he had keyhole surgery and missed Uruguay’s opening game in Brazil.
But just under a month after his scan, he played against England in the tournament, scoring twice and effectively eliminating Roy Hodgson’s team. Suarez didn’t finish the game though, coming off on a stretcher clutching his left leg.
As per Mane, he has been key for the Reds in the league this season with 13 goals in 27 appearances. He also has five assists to throw into the mix. His absence was noticeable while on duty with Senegal in the African Cup of Nations. There is no one doubting Mane’s influence on the team, but his injury does make Liverpool’s top-four position uncertain.
Ignoring the goals he has been involved in, the way he influences games has been key to Liverpool’s success this season. They haven’t coped well when they have been without him in the past but Jurgen Klopp may have learned his lesson.
The Liverpool manager confirmed his absence in a press conference (via ESPN).
“Sadio will, we’re pretty sure, need surgery. We’re not 100 percent sure when it will happen, but it is clear his season is over,” Klopp told a news conference.
“That’s what I expected, actually, when I saw the video after the game. I thought he was lucky in this situation that not more happened, but it will be pretty much impossible that he will play again this season.
“But then he’ll have a long break and be ready for next season, so that’s the only good news.”
This is a huge blow for Klopp who is hoping to secure Champions League football. His side are currently two points ahead of Man City in fourth although Guardiola’s side have a game in hand over the Reds.
The final seven games of the season have just become a whole lot more difficult for Klopp and his men.