'This could be a massive blow' - John Aldridge reacts to news that Sadio Mane's season could be over
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that striker Sadio Mane’s season could be over, with the Anfield club still waiting for final confirmation on the extent of his knee injury.
Mane collapsed in agony as he tried to run on a knee that buckled under him during Saturday’s Merseyside derby win against Everton, with Klopp admitting he may be without his leading scorer for the rest of the season.
“It is possible,” he stated, when asked whether Mane’s season was over. “The knee is swollen. We wait for final assessment. It is not very positive.
“It's not 100% clear. We have to wait a little bit. I can say for sure he won't be available for tomorrow (against Bournemouth).”
Mane’s absence from the rest of Liverpool’s campaign would be a hammer blow for Klopp, with Anfield goal-scoring great John Aldridge among those who fears it could be a fatal blow to their hopes of securing a top four finish in the Premier League.
“The win against Everton was massive on Saturday, but at what cost,” ponders former Ireland striker Aldo.
“Mane is the key Liverpool player who has been able to open doors against teams that play with a defensive mindset and without him in top form, Klopp’s team have struggled to get results against teams in the bottom half of the table.
“He was a massive loss when he went to the African Cup of Nations in January as Liverpool’s season collapsed in his absence and I would fear the final few weeks of the season if he is out.
“When I saw him collapse on that knee on Saturday, it looked like a bad one to me. I would be surprised if we see him again this season and if that is the case, Liverpool will have some problems getting that top four finish.
“They are in a good position right now, but we have seen what can happen when Mane is not around. This could be a massive blow for Liverpool.”