Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed the reason why Sadio Mane had to be substituted against Chelsea. The Senegalese international did not look his normal, spritely self in the second half and was replaced by James Milner after 71 minutes.
The forward picked up a dead leg in the first half when he was fouled by Andreas Christensen before Trent Alexander-Arnold scored from the resulting free-kick. Klopp says it is a painful knock:
“It was a knock on the bone, around the knee, and a dead leg – that’s an awful combination. We had no choice to take him off.”
Mane was unlikely to feature against MK Dons in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday anyway, and this injury will likely rule him out of that game.
Naby Keita should be back in contention, though, after returning to full training at the back end of last week following a month out with a hip problem.
Divock Origi is also likely to return after an ankle injury with Klopp having stated before the Chelsea game that he is not far away from being fully fit.
Alisson Becker (calf) and Nathaniel Clyne (knee) both remain on the treatment table.