Sadio Mane: This Liverpool striker can help to replace me while I’m away

The Liverpool forward is confident Daniel Sturridge can fill his void during the Africa Cup of Nations

Sadio Mane is backing Daniel Sturridge to fill his boots while the Liverpool forward represents Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Liverpool summer signing scored a 94th-minute winner at Goodison Park on Monday night as Jurgen Klopp’s side eased to a 1-0 victory over Everton.

Mane has scored eight goals and has made four assists in 16 Premier League appearances this term after his £34m move to Liverpool from Southampton in June.

Sturridge has failed to score in 10 Premier League appearances in the current campaign after falling down the pecking order under Klopp at Anfield.

Mane will head off to the Africa Cup of Nations in January as Liverpool prepare to be without the winger for up to a month of the 2016-17 campaign.

However, the 24-year-old is confident that Sturridge can step into his void during the major tournament to help Liverpool keep on track in the title race.

“It will not be easy for me to go with Senegal next month,” Mane is quoted as saying by Football365.

“I would love to carry on playing with my team-mates and help my team but I think they will understand because it is my country and it is my dream.

“I will be wishing them good luck but without me the team will be the same. Even better I think. They will cope. Coutinho will come back. Matip will come back and Sturridge is back now.

“I am very happy for him (Sturridge). It has not been easy for him being out, he has had a lot of injuries, but you know he can deliver important performances for the team.

“That is why the team will be strong (while I am away).”

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Liverpool are in second place in the Premier League table and six points behind leaders Chelsea.

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