Graeme Souness: I fear for Liverpool forward, Jurgen Klopp needs him
The former Liverpool captain is worried about Sadio Mane's injury in the Merseyside derby
Graeme Souness admitted that Sadio Mane’s injury was a big blow to Liverpool’s top-four ambitions.
The Senegal international broke the deadlock in Liverpool’s 3-1 win against Everton in the Merseyside derby on Saturday afternoon.
However, Mane was forced off in the second half at Anfield due to an injury concern with eight games to go in Liverpool’s 2016-17 campaign.
The summer signing, who scored home and away in the Merseyside derby this term, has netted 13 goals and has made five assists in 27 games in the Premier League.
Liverpool are in third place ahead of Manchester City’s clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Liverpool’s 3-1 win against Everton, the club’s former captain expressed his concerns about Mane’s fitness.
“I fear for the boy. If he’s out from now until the end of the season, you’re taking away your top scorer and arguably your best player,” Souness said.
“I know we’ve been raving about Philippe Coutinho but this boy, all year, has been arguably Liverpool’s best player – and they can ill afford to be without him.”
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Mane broke the deadlock before Philippe Coutinho restored Liverpool’s lead with a superb solo goal.
The African’s replacement Divock Origi sealed three points with a powerful finish in the 59th minute.
Liverpool have won their last four Premier League games at Anfield.