By Dominic Toner
Liverpool ace Sadio Mane has been ruled out for the rest of the season – and the club’s supporters have voiced their distress on Twitter following the shattering news.
The right winger picked up a nasty knee injury in the recent 3-1 victory over Merseyside rivals Everton
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that the 24-year-old requires surgery and will not feature again for the rest of the campaign, as cited by the club’s official Twitter account.
– "Lallana's better. Not an option yet."
– "Henderson on a good way."
– "Sadio needs surgery. His season is over." pic.twitter.com/ipCiBGXUrf
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 7, 2017
Mane has been critical to the Reds following his summer arrival from Southampton and his side have not won in their four Premier League games without him this season.
Liverpool fans have expressed their concern over the attacker’s injury blow and some are concerned it could have a serious knock on effect on their top-four hopes.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Mane out for the season. There goes any slim chance we had of the top 4 gone #LFC
— The Real WSW (@russellwsw) April 7, 2017
Manè out for the rest of the season 😭😢😡 #LFC
— Dan 🖐🏽👍🏽 (@dxn92_) April 7, 2017
Mane out for rest of season!!! What a disaster and everyone knows it! #LFC
— David Hennessy 🎬 (@DavidHennessy5) April 7, 2017
Mane out for the rest of the season 💔
— ssoR (@Rossi_LFC) April 7, 2017
— Official Koppite (@The_Koppite96) April 7, 2017
That gutting for mane to be out for the season, time for the other players to step up and prove there worth👍🏻 #LFC
— Josh antell (@antell1995) April 7, 2017
The Reds will now have to battle on without one of their key players as they try to secure a place in the top-four spots.
They are currently third-placed in the league table, but are set to be involved in a close battle during the rest of the season for the Champions League positions.
Mane’s absence could have a major impact on their success as he has been imperative to their season so far.
The Senegal international has made 29 appearances this campaign, scoring 13 goals and supplying eight assists.
He has made a seamless transition since his move to Anfield and his high intensity style has suited Klopp’s style well.
Liverpool handed forward Divock Origi a start on Wednesday as Mane missed the 2-2 draw against Bournemouth and he did manage to get on the scoresheet.
In other Liverpool team news, Klopp has admitted that his side need to learn from Chelsea.