Klopp provides latest on Mane injury as Senegalese winger suffers leg problem

Klopp provides latest on Mane injury as Senegalese winger suffers leg problem

Nerves at ease

Liverpool have endured their fair share of injury problems of late, with Alisson and Virgil van Dijk having succumbed to short and long-term issues, respectively. As such, when the Merseyside club travelled to Amsterdam to face Ajax, Klopp was no doubt hopeful that further problems would not arise.

Gomez and Fabinho were the centre-back pairing for the clash, with the Brazilian having produced a wonderful goal-line clearance during the first-half.

Liverpool, to their credit, coped well with the mounting Dutch pressure, to eventually emerge with a hard-fought 1-0 win.

Sadio Mane, however, took a knock during the clash, and was subsequently replaced. Jurgen Klopp has since revealed, thankfully, that the injury is not a serious one:

“Sadio has a dead leg and deals with it. It’s still painful but not a problem. When he doesn’t play he has ice on it.”

Klopp opted to introduce young defender Rhys Williams versus Ajax, and was complimentary regarding the youngster.

“We brought on Rhys and he is pretty strong in the air. This won’t be on the front page of our history but a nice result,” said the German.

Williams could prove to be an option for Klopp defensively, amid mounting injury concerns. Minutes in the first-team, meanwhile, will only benefit the 19-year-old.

Needed luck

Klopp was pressed on the potential use of the central-defensive pairing of Joe Gomez and Fabinho moving forward. The German tactician appeared to indicate that this could become a regular feature for the Reds:

“Good but even he can play better. This combo with Joe they’d never played together. They need to get used to each other and the verbal demands of that position to help midfielders. There’s a lot to improve but that’s good.”

“We are not dumb enough to think we didn’t need a bit of luck. Fabinho needed to stretch off the line, we could have done better.”

“Now we don’t hang the clean sheet too high. That’s it. Saturday is different challenge, tonight Sheff Utd had legs on the sofa.”

“In our situation it helps when the boys ease the pressure on the situation. Fab can play this position, he likes it. He wouldn’t enjoy right-back as much! We have to keep these boys fit and they can help. Fab I am not surprised he plays well otherwise we’d need a solution.”

Liverpool are set to take on Sheffield United this weekend, with the Blades, as Klopp mentioned, having had more time to prepare and recover. Chris Wilder’s men picked up their first point of the season at Fulham last time out, but will face a much sterner test against the champions.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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