Liverpool are worried that Sadio Mane could miss the rest of the season after picking up a knee injury in their 3-1 win over Everton last weekend. The Senegalese international collided with Leighton Baines and was taken off, sparking concerns in the Reds ranks as they look to end the season among the Champions League spots.
The Daily Mail reports that the Merseyside club have conducted tests on the forward but the swelling has not gone down, which has prevented them from understanding the true extent of the injury. However, an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament has been ruled out but surgery is not off the table.
The 24-year-old has been an integral part of Liverpool's plans this summer, scoring 13 goals thus far and would be a major miss should he be unavailable for selection for the remainder of the season. Liverpool are already missing Adam Lallana for four weeks after the England international picked up a thigh injury with the national team, while Jordan Henderson is also unavailable for selection.
Daniel Sturridge is back in full training and will make his much anticipated return against Bournemouth after missing close to two months. Divock Origi is another player who will be looking to make the most of this opportunity after scoring the third goal against Everton.
However, manager Jurgen Klopp insists there is no one in the team who can replace Mane and that his absence will be a major blow in their race for a top-four spot. The Reds are currently three points adrift of second placed Tottenham Hotspur, having played a game more.
"We can cope with his absence [Mane] but we don't have a one-for-one replacement," Klopp said, according to the Liverpool Echo. "That is the truth and hopefully Daniel Sturridge can be available. Trent [Alexander-Arnold] was brought in [on Saturday], [we have] Ben Woodburn. If [Mane's] injured that it is not cool and that is why I don't feel 100% happy. Now we have three days to find 'the solution' but we don't have a one-on-one replacement."