Ex-Chelsea striker: This is my one worry for Liverpool

Chris Sutton is concerned that Liverpool could struggle without Sadio Mane

Liverpool could struggle without summer signing Sadio Mane during the winger’s participation in the Africa Cup of Nations, according to Chris Sutton.

Mane scored Liverpool’s second goal in a 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday afternoon, although the African winger was responsible for conceding a late penalty which allowed Jermain Defoe to equalise from the spot.

The Senegalese forward has scored three goals and has made two assists in their last seven Premier League games to keep Jurgen Klopp’s side involved in the title race.

Mane has netted nine times and has created four goals for a team-mate in 19 Premier League appearance so far this term after his £34m move to the Anfield outfit from Liverpool in the summer transfer window.

Speaking to BBC’s 606 podcast ahead of Liverpool’s 2-2 stalemate at Sunderland, Sutton expressed his concerns that Klopp’s men could struggle in the absence of Mane.

“My only worry for Liverpool is that Mane has been that good that losing him to AFCON is a big blow,” Sutton said.

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Liverpool finished in eighth place in the Premier League table last term.

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