Sadio Mane Suffers Apparent Leg Injury, Subbed Off for Liverpool vs. Wolves

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIJanuary 23, 2020

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Sadio Mané of Liverpool FC during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 11, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus)
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Liverpool suffered a blow on Thursday, as forward Sadio Mane was forced off with a leg injury during the Reds' Premier League clash at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Mane indicated he could not continue and was replaced by new signing Takumi Minamino after 33 minutes at Molineux:

Per the Mirror's Jake Polden, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said of the injury: "Sadio is a real shame he had to go off. Hopefully it's not too badjust a muscle tweak, but we will see tomorrow."

The Premier League leaders will be hoping the injury is not serious as Mane is a vital member of their attack. The Senegal international has scored 15 goals for Klopp's side in all competitions in 2019-20 to fire them to the top of the Premier League table and into the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.

David Lynch at the Evening Standard said the Senegal international has been the team's best player this season:

Mane's partnership with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino has turned Liverpool into one of Europe's most lethal attacking sides, and the Reds do not offer quite the same threat when he is absent.

He played a key role in their UEFA Champions League win in 2018-19 and also ended the season as the Premier League's joint-top goalscorer with Salah and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on 22 goals.

His performances in 2019 saw him finish fourth in the Ballon d'Or rankings behind Lionel Messi, Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Klopp does have other options at his disposal. Minamino could now see some game time after joining from Red Bull Salzburg, while Belgium international Divock Origi is also available.

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