By Matt Farr
Liverpool are to make a decision within the next 48 hours that could see star attacker Sadio Mane ruled out for the remainder of the season, according to a report.
Mane, 24, was forced off with a knee injury during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Everton at the weekend, and is not expected to feature against Bournemouth on Wednesday night as the club sweats over potential surgery.
A decision has yet to be made on the next step of Mane’s recovery process, as swelling on his knee has yet to subside, but the Sun report it will be done so in next 48 hours.
“We will have to wait a little bit until the knee is not that swollen anymore,” Klopp said, as quoted by the Sun. “It’s not very positive but we cannot say what it is exactly. We have to wait.
“It is swollen because of different reasons. It’s possible (it is season ending).”
The Premier League club giants are expected to send their talisman to undergo an operation on his injury, which would see him sidelined for at least eight weeks.
That would be a devastating blow to Liverpool and their top four ambitions, with Mane having proven to be an influential figure for the Reds this season.
He has scored 13 goals and supplied eight assists from 29 appearances in all competitions this season, and currently tops the goalscoring charts at Anfield this season.
The Merseyside club have yet to win a game this season without Mane in their line-up, enduring a particularly difficult spell whilst the Senegal international was absent at the Africa Cup of Nations in the new year.
To make matters worse, Liverpool are already without injured senior duo Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana, with the latter also being a key figure in their push for Champions League qualification.
But Liverpool are not likely to run the risk of aggravating Mane’s injury by letting the former Southampton man play through the pain.
In other Liverpool team news, Klopp should name this midfield enforcer in his side to face Bournemouth on Wednesday.