Salah tells Liver­pool to move on from star Mane’s lay-off

Sunderland Echo - - Football -

Liver­pool winger Mo­hamed Salah in­sists the team must quickly move on from the de­bil­i­tat­ing loss of fel­low forward Sa­dio Mane for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

Man­ager Jur­gen Klopp’s plans for to­mor­row’s visit of arch-ri­vals Manch­ester United were dealt a se­vere blow af­ter Mane re­turned from Sene­gal duty with a ham­string in­jury which is set to rule him out for six weeks.

Mane has es­tab­lished him­self as a key player since his ar­rival from Southamp­ton in the sum­mer of 2016, scor­ing 13 league goals last sea­son de­spite miss­ing Jan­uary be­cause of the African Na­tions Cup and his cam­paign be­ing ended in early April by a knee in­jury which re­quired surgery.

The pacy forward scored in his first three Premier League matches be­fore his sendin­goff at Manch­ester City and the sub­se­quent three-match ban slowed his progress.

But his ab­sence, which will see him miss matches against top-four ri­vals United, Tot­ten­ham and Chelsea, will still be keenly felt at An­field at the week­end.

Salah, the Reds’ lead­ing scorer with six goals, told liv­er­ “I texted him when he was at the na­tional (team) and then when he came back. He told me then he was in­jured, so that’s bad news for ev­ery­one.

“But that’s football and any­thing can hap­pen. Now we have to fo­cus on the game and keep mov­ing forward.”

In Mane’s ab­sence, the ob­vi­ous move would be to restore Brazil­ian in­ter­na­tional Philippe Coutinho to the wide left po­si­tion he pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied be­fore drop­ping into mid­field to ac­com­mo­date the two fast wingers.

Sa­dio Mane.

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