'Sadio, this is for you': £35m Liverpool player sends message to Mane as Reds stars predict World Cup
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'Sadio, this is for you': £35m Liverpool player sends message to Mane as Reds stars predict World Cup

Liverpool players have predicted that Sadio Mane’s Senegal would beat England at this year’s World Cup.

Heartbreakingly for him, Mane has actually been ruled out of the tournament through injury. But that didn’t stop Ibrahima Konate, Darwin Nunez and Calvin Ramsay from backing his country in Qatar.

In a video on EA SPORTS FIFA Twitter page today, the three Liverpool stars attempted to predict the path of the competition.

With England matched up with Senegal in the round of 16, Konate wasn’t keen to make a decision.

“No, I cannot choose for this one!” the £35m man said, passing responsibility to Ramsay. “Senegal,” replied the Scot with complete conviction. “Sadio, this is for you,” Konate concluded, with a point to the camera.

Heartbreak for Mane on eve of World Cup

It’s unclear whether or not this particular video was filmed before or after the news that Mane will miss the entirety of the World Cup.

But what is clear is that Liverpool’s former No.10 is still in the thoughts of those at Anfield.

After the news of the past few days, that will be the case more than ever. As someone who takes such incredible pride at representing his country, the injury will surely have hit Mane hard.

In six years at Liverpool, the 30-year-old was barely injured at all. Over the last four seasons of his Reds career, Mane missed just 12 Premier League games.

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Just typical then, that the Bayern Munich star would pick up a problem on the eve of the biggest tournament of his career.

And this was big for Mane, make no mistake about that. They may still be considered minnows by some, but Senegal go into the tournament as AFCON champions for the first time ever.

With a team full of player’s plying their trade at big clubs across Europe, they have real quality. And with the Ballon d’Or runner-up in the side, anything could have been possible.

Alas, Senegal’s hopes probably go out of the window with Mane’s injury. They’ll feel not only the on-pitch consequence of missing him, but the psychological blow will be big, too. All the best for a speedy recovery, Sadio. We’re all with you.

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