Liverpool have been utterly dominant in the last year. The Reds were unlucky not to win the Premier League last season but did lift the Champions League before starting the 2019/20 campaign in fine form. One of the reasons that Jürgen Klopp has managed to trample all before him is the durability of his first XI, barring a few blips – there has recently been one such blip. The Sadio Mane injury isn’t the end of the world, let’s look at some silver linings.
The winter break
Sadio has picked up this injury at a time when The Reds are set to kick their feet up for a fortnight.
The first Premier League winter break will ensure that the Mane injury only sees him miss two games (providing his recovery is on schedule).
Furthermore, this break should allow him space to recover. With no games on, the medical department can focus their energies on his recovery rather than getting players ready between fixtures.
The Senegalese winger is set to miss an away trip to West Ham United and the home visit of Southampton.
With The Hammers only out of the relegation zone on goal difference and The Saints languishing in midtable, neither side pose any serious threat to The Reds.
We frankly couldn’t have picked a better time for him to miss two games.
The knock to Sadio Mane means that the boss will be forced to rotate in underused stars.
Divock Origi will likely notch some valuable minutes whilst Takumi Minamino will also be in contention for Sadio’s place in the side.
With Minamino still yet to fully adapt to life under Klopp, more minutes on the pitch could prove vital to his settling in.