Jurgen Klopp has seemingly ruled out the possibility of starting Sadio Mane against Brighton ahead of tonight’s Premier League encounter, according to reports.
Mane, 28, missed Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over West Ham at the weekend with an unspecified muscle issue sustained during last week’s victory over Tottenham.
Klopp originally pointed out that the Senegalese ace’s issue wasn’t ‘serious’, but it appears enough to rule him out of action for tonight.
When asked if Liverpool’s injury situation was the same as the weekend, Klopp said: “Yes, it’s as it was.”
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What RTK has to say – Can Liverpool afford to rest Mane?
Klopp would be right not to risk Mane ahead of Liverpool’s gargantuan encounter against Manchester City on Sunday. If he doesn’t start against Brighton, then, his absence could be described as precautionary.
Even without the £34 million [BBC] man from Southampton, Liverpool should have enough firepower to get past Brighton under the lights at Anfield.
Indeed, Potter’s team have recently secured impressive results against Spurs and Leeds, but he comes up against a Reds outfit that has rediscovered its attacking edge.
Mohamed Salah, in particular, was utterly dazzling against West Ham at the weekend, while Roberto Firmino looks back to his best, too.
With Xherdan Shaqiri or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to add to the mix, Klopp still has an impressive attacking armoury to pick from ahead of tonight’s game.