This Saturday sees Liverpool venture to East Anglia to take on Premier League basement boys Norwich. The Canaries are dead certs for relegation this season despite at times playing free flowing attractive football and pulling off the odd upset. Sadio Mane shouldn’t start for Liverpool v Norwich.
Before the first Premier League winter break started, Sadio pulled up lame in a match against Wolves.
The Reds went on to win the crunch clash 2-1 in dramatic circumstances with Roberto Firmino grabbing a late winner when his side’s backs were against the wall.
Kopites were left sweating over the fitness of their Senegalese winger as the match played out, thankfully it was revealed that he would only miss two games: West Ham United away and Southampton at home.
Liverpool cruised to victory in both games and subsequently rested up for a fortnight.
With the club back in competition and Sadio Mane back in contention, Liverpool should rest the forward against Norwich.
The Canaries are unlikely to pose Jürgen Klopp’s side a threat given the clubs’ polarised Premier League positions, so why risk rushing back one of our starting forwards?
Whilst the medical team of course know best, with Atletico Madrid coming up in midweek it would seem sensible to ease Sadio back into the game.
By giving the African Player of the Year the second half or the last half an hour when the opposition have been tired out somewhat we can avoid him aggravating his injury ahead of a crucial European tie.
This approach would also afford some more vital game time to Takumi Minamino or Divock Origi, both chomping at the bit to prove their worth.