Pundit sends stern Sadio Mane warning to Liverpool ahead of West Brom clash
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright warns Liverpool could run out of steam in the top-four race
Ian Wright has warned Jurgen Klopp that Liverpool could run out of steam in the top-four race without Sadio Mane.
The Senegal international is sidelined with a knee problem which the winger scored in a 3-1 win against Everton in the Merseyside derby last month.
Mane has been a revelation in the Liverpool side this season after a return of 14 goals and five assists in 28 games in the Premier League this term.
However, Liverpool are expected to be without Mane for the remainder of the 2016-17 campaign which has cast double on their top-four challenge.
Klopp’s side, who are in third place in the Premier League table, came from behind to ease to a 2-1 win against Stoke City in the Premier League last weekend.
Liverpool are six points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United but Jose Mourinho’s men have played two games less than the Merseyside club.
Speaking to The Sun Goals podcast ahead of Liverpool’s clash against West Brom on Saturday afternoon, Wright said:
“Liverpool might run out of steam with Mane missing. They have Coutinho and he has kicked back in. Firmino is doing the business as well. Origi has come in and scored goals.
“They’re going to have to keep that up. The record shows that when Mane isn’t playing, they don’t win games. The last time he was out they only beat Plymouth.”