Liverpool hero Roberto Firmino tops this yellow card list

Captain Jordan Henderson's foot problem will be assessed, while forward Adam Lallana is still out after suffering a thigh injury while on duty with England last month. They have been too nice at times this season.

Mane will sit out the remainder of the campaign due to a knee injury, which requires surgery following an awkward tangle with Leighton Baines during last week's Merseyside derby victory over Everton. "We're not 100 per cent sure when it will happen, but then it is clear his season is over".

"The first half was actually not as good as we thought we could be", said Klopp.

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp is certain that Mane needed surgery; as a result, it is "pretty much impossible for him to play again this season".

Liverpool struggled to get going in the first half at the bet365 Stadium and fell behind right before the half-time break, courtesy of Jonathan Walters' header from close range.

Klopp also said youngsters Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold, who were making their first and second Premier League starts respectively, showed a disappointingly selfish attitude after making way for Coutinho and Firmino.

The Brazil duo's introduction completely transformed the game, but Coutinho was keen to deflect the credit.

"Phil is still ill and was not at Melwood yesterday and he will not be here today", Klopp said. "Daniel Sturridge is training and we will see".

This will put a damper on Liverpool's hopes of Champions League qualification.

But, aware Coutinho was struggling with diarrhoea and Firmino had been tired, Reds boss Klopp admitted it was a big decision to bring on the Brazilians at the break as he feared they would only last 30 minutes.

The 24-year-old attacker has already missed Liverpool's home clash against Bournemouth, a game in which they dropped points in a dour 2-2 draw. We just have to get as many points as we can.

'We learn from all these things but we can not use this in this moment.

Mignolet still had to produce a fine save to deny Saido Berhaino, but Liverpool hung on to move nine points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, although the Reds have played three games more.

  • Julie Sanders