Jamie Carragher: This player would have made difference in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at Man United

The former Liverpool defender highlights the absence of Sadio Mane after Sunday's 1-1 draw at Manchester United

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool felt the absence of Sadio Mane after Sunday afternoon’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The winger is currently on international duty with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations after he scored in a 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light earlier in January.

Mane scored nine goals and made four assists in 19 appearances in the Premier League so far this season after his £34m move to Liverpool from Southampton in the summer transfer window.

Liverpool made the breakthrough in the first half from the penalty spot thanks to James Milner’s emphatic effort after Paul Pogba was penalised for handball in David De Gea’s area.

The Reds came under intense pressure from the hosts in the second half as Jose Mourinho adopted a direct approach and Manchester United netted a late equaliser thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 14th goal of the season.

Speaking to Sky Sports after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United, Carragher highlighted the absence of Mane as a key factor.

“I think before the game, Liverpool would have taken a draw. But the way it ended, Liverpool will be disappointed,” Carragher said.

“I just think it’s another game where you think what if Sadio Mane was playing, especially on the counter-attack. Divock Origi was giving the ball away that much he had to come off but he is the only one with pace really.

“They had a front three and they don’t really penetrate behind. Mane would have made a massive difference.”

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