In the battle between the Premier League’s two mentality monsters, Liverpool came up trumps in a thrilling 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Besides its distinction as the Reds’ mind-boggling 40th straight match undefeated, the night was also notable for the return to action for long-time absentees Fabinho and Joël Matip following extended spells on the physios table.
However, the injury gods seem to have demanded a sacrifice, with star forward, Sadio Mané pulling up early in the first half with what appeared to be a hamstring complaint. The Senegalese speedster immediately requested to be subbed off leaving Liverpool supporters fearing the worst from what can be a difficult injury to recover from in a timely manner.
Thankfully, Reds boss Jürgen Klopp allayed some of those concerns, providing an update following the match:
”It was very average that he had to go off...hopefully it’s not too difficult or too bad but we will see tomorrow,” Klopp said speaking to BT Sport.
Asked if it was a muscle tweak Klopp replied: “Yes, it can happen to anyone at this moment of the season.”
The initial prognosis is that the 15-goal scorer will miss at least the next three games, including Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Shrewsbury, as well as next week’s Premier League fixtures against West Ham and Mané’s former club, Southampton.
Further updates are still forthcoming and the hope will be that the key cog to Liverpool’s winning machine won’t be out long.