Liverpool will be without Sadio Mané against Manchester United on Saturday and for the next six weeks, dealing a major blow to Liverpool’s hopes of getting their season back on track and closing the gap on the league leaders. Jürgen Klopp, though, does have a few options.
Losing Mané is certainly a blow, but with Mohamed Salah now at the club it isn’t as damaging as it would have been last season, and it could be as simple a matter as shifting Philippe Coutinho back up into the front three ahead of a midfield of Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, and Gini Wijnaldum.
Alternately, Klopp has another big summer signing he could call on: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Things haven’t gone to plan for the former Arsenal man, but six weeks with Mané on the sidelines could end up his chance to prove he belongs in Liverpool’s best eleven.
Plus there’s youngster Ben Woodburn, so impressive in pre-season and with the Wales national team but who so far hasn’t seen much action. Mané’s absence is a significant blow, but there are options—and a chance now for other players to move up the depth chart at the club.
Let us know which option you would like to see Klopp embrace over the next six weeks. Should it be Coutinho back up on the wing, a starring role for big money signing Oxlade-Chamberlain, or youngster Woodburn given his big chance to make a real first team breakthrough?
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