By George Brooks
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has admitted that he is always filled with worry when watching his teammates from the sidelines.
The 25-year-old missed five games after picking up a hamstring injury on international duty with Senegal in October.
He returned to Premier League action for the Reds in the 4-1 victory over West Ham at the London Stadium before the international break.
But he could now face more time on the sidelines, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp fearing he has aggregated the same injury over the international break.
“Honestly, it is so hard for me to watch without being able to play. I get so nervous and can’t sit still,” Mane told Goal.
The Senegal international described the anxiety he goes through when watching his Liverpool teammates from the sidelines, knowing he can have no impact on the game.
“Even now I ask myself how I can be so confident when I’m on the pitch, but if I have to just watch my team, I am filled with worry.
“It is tough because I always want to do all I can and when I can’t, I don’t know what to do with myself in these 90 minutes.”
Mane missed three games earlier in the season after being sent off in the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
He has only played in six of Liverpool’s 11 Premier League games this season but has made quite an impact, scoring three goals and delivering two assists.
Liverpool only lost one of their five matches without Mane recently, the 4-1 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley, but they only won one of their three games without him earlier in the season.
The Reds return to Premier League action against Southampton at Anfield on Saturday.