By Matt Farr

Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane is set to have an operation on his left knee on Tuesday, according to a reliable journalist.

Times correspondent Paul Joyce revealed on his personal Twitter account on Monday afternoon that the 25-year-old star was set to undergo a knee operation in London in the next 24 hours, and could be out for eight weeks.

Mane had sustained the injury during the 3-1 Merseyside derby victory over Everton, taking the shine out of what was a priceless win for the club against their fierce rivals.

The crushing setback will see Mane’s season come to an abrupt end, having played a key role for the club in their pursuit of a top four finish in the Premier League.

The Senegal international has scored 13 goals and contributed eight assists from 29 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this season.

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But Liverpool have won just one match in Mane’s absence this season, highlighting the importance of the attacker to their end of season ambitions.

The victory over Stoke on Saturday saw Liverpool remain in third place in the Premier League with six games remaining, but they face fierce competition from Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal for a place in the top four.

However, with Mane likely to miss the remainder of the campaign, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be forced to look towards someone else to fire them back into the Champions League.

In other Liverpool team news, the Reds have announced a bizarre piece of news ahead of the crucial end of season run-in.

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