Klopp: Mane’s season return “pretty much impossible”

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Liverpool will not have Sadio Mane back this season.

Jurgen Klopp branded the return of his Senegalese sensation “pretty much impossible” on Friday, saying Mane will likely need surgery after coming together with Leighton Baines in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Everton on Saturday.

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Klopp says “the only good news” is that Mane will be back for next season. The 24-year-old has 13 goals and 8 assists this season after arriving from Southampton, and Liverpool is 0W-3D-2L when he’s not started a PL game.

From LiverpoolFC.com:

“Sadio will, we’re pretty sure, need surgery. We’re not 100 per cent sure when it will happen, but then it is clear his season is over,” Klopp told reporters.

“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 now we are close to the end of the season and that means it will be pretty much impossible that he will play again this season.”

The only silver linings here are that Liverpool has plenty of attacking options, as defending is what’s plagued the Reds this season, and the Reds have a relatively easy run-in. That said, given Liverpool’s record against teams outside the Top Six…