JURGEN KLOPP has revealed Sadio Mane could be out for the rest of the season.
The Liverpool boss confirmed that the club’s medical staff are still waiting on the swelling to go down on the Senegal star’s knee before they can get an accurate assessment.
Mane, 24, picked up a knee injury after a collision with Everton defender Leighton Baines during Saturday’s Merseyside derby.
The former Southampton forward went off but walked out of Anfield unaided and appeared in good spirits.
However, it has now emerged the injury is worse than first feared and Klopp said it is “possible” his season could be over ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Bournemouth.
When asked if the injury is season-ending, Klopp said: “Unfortunately that is possible but why should I say it now when I don’t know?
“It’s not very positive. But we cannot say what it is exactly”
Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool star Sadio Mane
“It is not 100 per cent clear. We have to wait until the knee is not that swollen any more.
“The only thing I can say for sure is that he will not be available for tomorrow. All the rest we have to see.
“It is not very positive when it is like this. I cannot say at this exact time so we have to wait.
“The knee is swollen and we have to wait for the final assessment.”
Liverpool won just one game out of seven – an FA Cup replay against Plymouth – when Mane missed most of January while away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Klopp accepts they will miss their star man, who has scored 13 goals this season, ahead of the final eight games should he not return this term.
“Then missing Sadio in the shape he was, plus missing Phil (Coutinho), was not perfect.
“It is not about thinking ‘How can we play perfect football’ we need to get results and the first thing I will think about is how we can defend (against) Bournemouth not how can we create 27 chances?
“If we are strong and perfectly organised in defence then Bournemouth cannot get confidence in the game.
“There are a lot of different things but do we miss Sadio? Yes. Do we miss Adam? Yes. Do we miss Hendo? Yes. But they are not for this game because they are not here.”