Liverpool fans discuss on Twitter how Klopp should replace Mane
By Emma Sanders
Liverpool fans have been discussing the options available to Jurgen Klopp on Twitter in anticipation of Sadio Mane’s departure in January.
The wide forward will miss a number of Premier League fixtures when he is expected to join up with the Senegal squad for the start of the Africa Cup of Nations competition in January.
Mane could miss up to seven fixtures in the new year and, after several countries announced their squads for the competition this week, Liverpool fans are already preparing for bad news as Mane is set to be joining up with his country.
Klopp could use several players in the current squad as Mane’s replacement but the Reds have been linked with a possible January transfer for Dutchman Quincy Promes and some fans hope to see the deal sealed in order to replace Mane.
Others believe that fit-again Daniel Sturridge should be given an extended run in the starting XI.
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Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
When Mane leaves for Afcon,better head bk home Klopp & bring us Reus.See Conte? He's heading bk to Italy to get his players this tf window
— DD kloppite (@dderald) December 28, 2016
Even when Mane goes to AFCON and if Coutinho is still out, the prospect of Firmino and Sturridge either side of Origi is an excellent one.
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) December 28, 2016
@LFC we bringing anyone in with Mane away for AFCON. He's gonna be missed. Kinda worried 2 that Matip seems to struggle with ankle. Cover?
— master p (@mastersdog) December 28, 2016
How do LFC fans see Phils return as a good thing, when The inform Mane is going to AFCON. Don't be expecting magic from him straight up!!!
— Irwin Cain (@Moodz09) December 28, 2016
Don't get why people are saying we don't need to buy Promes; once Mané goes to AFCON there will be a lack of depth. We can't rely on Ojo.
— Ed Thornley (@Ed_Thornley96) December 28, 2016
Sturridge will definitely start when Mane leaves for AFCON
— Trevor (@ReliantRob) December 28, 2016
With Mane off to the AFCON after Sunderland, should we sign a winger? Or who within the club can fill his place on the right side? #lfc
— Liverpool Fans Forum (@Coolbizzling) December 28, 2016
The 24-year-old has been excellent for the Reds since joining in the summer from Southampton and he has been part of two terrific trios in attack which include fellow stars Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi.
Mane is a regular starter and he has already notched up 19 appearances for Liverpool this season, scoring eight goals and providing four assists.
Klopp has several options available after Daniel Sturridge made a return against Everton and youngsters Ben Woodburn and Sheyi Ojo provide further competition.
However, many Liverpool fans want to see Klopp make a new signing in January and it sparked a huge debate on Twitter, with varying options being raised.
In other Liverpool news, the club should target this Arsenal star in January.