Liverpool forward Mane could miss rest of season

Liverpool fear they could be without forward Sadio Mane for the rest of the season after a scan of the knee injury he picked up in the Merseyside derby on Saturday proved inconclusive. He scored one brilliant goal, nearly had another and also created the third for Divock Origi.

"It is not very positive when it is like this".

"The only thing I can say for sure is he will not be available for tomorrow". It's swollen because of different reasons. It is not 100 per cent clear.

Our starting XI, when everyone's fit, is exceptional, but even without European football this season, we've seen that simply isn't enough.

The Reds boss insisted that Can "has knocks everywhere" but said: "I hope he will be fit".

The former Southampton midfielder will definitely miss Wednesday's Premier League clash with Bournemouth with Liverpool's medical team facing a nervous wait to determine the exact severity of the injury.

Striker Divock Origi came off the bench to score Liverpool's third goal against Everton, and Klopp indicated that the Belgium global could start on Wednesday.

The striker, who last appeared for Liverpool in February, has recovered from a hip strain and could be part of Liverpool's matchday squad on Wednesday.

"The line-up we will choose is to make them as strong, as compact and as ugly to play as possible", the 49-year-old German told reporters. "Probably he can be in the squad".

Mane has 13 goals this season, and when Liverpool were last without him they won just once in seven fixtures - at home to Plymouth in the FA Cup. We had these games, it was not the freshest moment of the season. "We could bring experience or young boys".

"They've got quality players and the way they play is very good". Next year with more games we need more options.

Liverpool are within touching distance of the Champions League, and Klopp clearly wants to capitalise on this, and ensure that the Reds don't throw it all away by throwing caution to the wind.

"Now, you have to say that if they get into the top four this season, they will have had a great season because they do not have the budgets to compare to the Manchester clubs and Chelsea".

"It's not about playing the best football in the world, it's about getting results - and that's what we are fighting for".

He will be determined to make his case for regular starting berth over the final few weeks by finding the back of the net against Bournemouth.

"We know that if we put them under pressure and don't give them time on the ball, we can try to force them into mistakes", he said.

"We have to think about defending all together, we have to think about making life as hard as possible for all of our opponents". Do we miss Adam? Yes.

  • Julie Sanders