Dietmar Hamann points to absence of key Liverpool player

Dietmar Hamann says Liverpool are going to badly miss Sadio Mane in the coming weeks...

Dietmar Hamann has claimed that Sadio Mane’s absence from the Liverpool team in the coming weeks will come as a “huge loss” to Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The attacker is currently on international duty with Senegal at the African Cup of Nations after being one of Liverpool’s top performers this season.

Mane arrived at Liverpool from Southampton in the summer transfer window and has been a regular fixture in the Reds’ team.

The 24-year-old has scored nine goals and made four assists in the Premier League for Klopp’s men this term but was missing when the Reds took on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

And former Liverpool midfielder feels that Mane’s absence will be felt by the Reds severely in the coming weeks.

Writing in his blog for Paddy Power, Hamann said: “Sadio Mane will be a huge loss. He’s away with Senegal for the African Cup of Nations and he’s been Liverpool’s most dangerous player this year.

“He’s been involved in 27 per cent of Liverpool’s 48 league goals this campaign. Losing a player of that quality means the whole team loses a bit of confidence and a bit of belief.

“The biggest problem in the last couple of seasons has been the lack of pace. But Mane has come into the squad and he’s stretching the opposition. His pace and ability to create space gives everyone else more time on the ball and Liverpool have flourished with him in the team.

“When the Reds have needed something to happen in recent weeks, Mane has stepped up – but without him in the team you’re missing that game-changing piece of magic.”

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Liverpool finished eighth in the Premier League table and without a trophy last season, following Klopp’s appointment back in October 2015.

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