Liverpool announces postseason Sydney trip; Mane out 2 months

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Sadio Mane needed surgery as expected and will miss two months as a result of an incident with Leighton Baines in the Merseyside Derby.

Mane, 24, won’t play again this season, also missing out on an extra match the Reds announced on Monday: one on May 24 against Sydney FC in Australia.

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The club points out that the match will be the closest to Liverpool’s 125th anniversary, and that the Reds enjoy health support Down Under. From LiverpoolFC.com:

Liverpool have more than 2.3million followers in Australia and the strength of their support has never been more evident than during the club’s previous visits: the incredible moment in Melbourne in 2013 when 95,000 fans sang ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, or in Brisbane and Adelaide when fans came out in their thousands to show their support.

Sydney FC is led by former Australia national team coach Graham Arnold.