Liverpool fans were panicked on Thursday evening when they noticed that Sadio Mane and Joel Matip were not in training at Melwood.
With Chelsea visiting Anfield on Sunday afternoon, the Reds were preparing for their next challenge in their quest to be named Premier League title winners.
The good news is that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rhian Brewster and Joe Gomez all completed the full training session at Melwood, which is a huge boost to Klopp’s plans for the rest of the season and the start of the next.
All three have battled hugely with long term injuries this season and have missed a lot of football which is such a shame as they are talented and loved by the Kop.
However, Sadio Mane and Joel Matip were not pictured training at Melwood and this has prompted fans to panic on Twitter as Sunday’s clash with Chelsea is a must-win game in the title race.
Mane and Matip have been key performers for Jurgen Klopp this season and if they are to miss any of the remaining games, it will come as a serious blow to Liverpool’s chances of winning silverware.
Here is how fans on Twitter reacted.
Mane and matip missing!!!
— Naby Keita (@NabyKe8ta) April 11, 2019
Don’t tell me Mane and Matip won’t play against Chelsea!! We need our best first line up to destroy Chelsea’s chances of winning!!!!
— ofelia (@ofeliaamari2) April 11, 2019
Where are Mane & Matip???
— □ (@Dvock27) April 11, 2019
No sign of Matip ffs
— Rodrigues (@matiplfc) April 11, 2019
Where's sadio ??????????????????????????????????????????
— 🔴 (@Hemo_lfc) April 11, 2019
— 🌍 (@WaliH95) April 11, 2019
The hope for Liverpool fans is that Mane and Matip were either receiving physiotherapy or conducting media duties which forced them to miss training.
Klopp will be hoping to have the key duo fit to face Chelsea given the pressure to win. There will be added pressure before kickoff at Anfield due to Manchester City’s earlier game against Crystal Palace.
If Pep Guardiola’s side wins, Liverpool will have no room for error.