By Will Butcher
Liverpool fans have reacted with excitement on Twitter after Sadio Mane was included in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI to face Leeds.
The 24-year-old has retained his place from the off in the EFL Cup quarter final after starting against Sunderland on Saturday during the 2-0 win.
Liverpool posted the team news on their official Twitter account, with Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum the only two others remaining in the starting lineup from Saturday’s win.
📋 The teams are in…
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 29, 2016
Mane has featured 13 times for the Merseyside giants this season, but was expected to be rested after missing the previous EFL Cup tie against Tottenham.
However, Klopp has opted to include his first-team star as he looks to secure a place at Wembley by progressing to the semi finals.
Liverpool fans reacted on Twitter with surprise to see the speed merchant included in the starting XI, while some fans questioned Klopp for choosing to risk the summer signing.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
The team is pretty much as I expected, Mane starting is a nice surprise. Let's get the job done Reds and get into the semi final. #LFC
— Jay Graham (@jaygrahamuk) November 29, 2016
@LFC omg! Why is Mane playing?!
— Pat fenus (@Windin2000) November 29, 2016
@LFC why play mane though ?
— 🔹ASÄD🔹 (@Mane_Sprints) November 29, 2016
@LFC why didn't we start Grujic over Can? And why risk Mane?
— Billy Bob (@WootenWyatt) November 29, 2016
@LFC Mane & Origi Will Score Milner & Woodburn Are The SuperSubs ⚽️🏆🎅🏻❄️☃
— Michael James Ryan (@MBReBorn) November 29, 2016
Very intresting line up mané-ejaria-origi could really do some damage just pray we don't get anymore injuries c'mon redmen
— Jonte LFC (@jontelfc86) November 29, 2016
Origi & Mane are machines, they should be able to rip Leeds apart on the counter if Leeds try to attack.
— Pat (@patfc91) November 29, 2016
Following his £35million move from Southampton earlier this summer, Senegal international Mane has scored six times and is yet to lose in a red shirt.
Liverpool are set to lose their flying winger in January though, as he jets off to represent his country in the African Cup of Nations.
In other Liverpool news, this pundit predicts Tuesday night’s clash.