Sadio Mane could miss rest of season, admits Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Chris Bascombe
Jurgen Klopp is facing up to the possibility of being wihout Sadio Mane for rest of season

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed the possible absence of Sadio Mane for the rest of the season.

Mane is still awaiting the results of a knee scan, but he suffered heavy bruising against Everton and Klopp admits he fears the worst.

Asked if Mane will miss the final eight games, Klopp replied: “Unfortunately, that is possible. The knee is swollen and we have to wait for the final assessment.

“It is not 100 per cent clear. We have to wait until the knee is not that swollen any more.

“The only thing I can say for sure is that he will not be available for tomorrow. All the rest we have to see.

Mane suffered injury against Everton

“It is not very positive when it is like this. I cannot say at this exact time so we have to wait.”

Mane has 13 goals this season, and when Liverpool were last without him due to African Nations Cup commitments they won just once in seven fixtures – at home to Plymouth in the FA Cup.

"The big problem in January was not only Sadio missing - everyone would miss Sadio. Southampton probably still miss him, Red Bull Salzburg miss him,” said Klopp.

"It was such a hard moment in January. We had these games, it was not the freshest moment of the season.

"Then missing Sadio in the shape he was, plus missing Phil (Coutinho), was not perfect.”

Despite the setback, Klopp said he would not tolerate despondency as Liverpool seek to preserve their advantage in the Champions League spots.

Five of their remaining eight games are against sides still fighting relegation, although Klopp said the loss of Mane, as well as Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson could force a change of style and formation.

Adam Lallana is also out with injury

"My job is to find solutions,” said Klopp.

“This is a good situation: we have 59 points, we are in a nice position - yes a few teams have played less games than we have but they cannot win them all because they have to play each other.

"The whole season is to prepare the finish and this is the finishing part of the season. Eight games to go. We expect results from ourselves, we want to fight for everything.

"A few players key players are not available at the moment but as long as we have 11 players to start and a few to bring on everything is fine.

"It is not about thinking 'How can we play perfect football' we need to get results and the first thing I will think about is how we can defend (against) Bournemouth not how can we create 27 chances?

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"If we are strong and perfectly organised in defence then Bournemouth cannot get confidence in the game.

"We don't think what we miss, we only think what we can do to win this football game.

"As a manager I can't really remember the last time I had all the players available and the decisions to make were really difficult. "The only job to do is play the best you are able to and not who you miss.

"We have the possibility to change formation. I am not sure we can line-up similar to the last game but we have different options: we can bring in young boys, we can bring in experience up front, Milly can play on the wing.

"There are a lot of different things but do we miss Sadio? Yes. Do we miss Adam? Yes. Do we miss Hendo? Yes. But they are not for this game because they are not here.”

On a more positive front, Klopp has Daniel Sturridge back training although he is not expected to be in contention for selection until the weekend.

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