Liverpool may be 90 minutes from a Champions League final but their semi-final victory came at a cost.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won’t play again this season after suffering a knee ligament injury during the 5-2 win against Roma and joins Adam Lallana, Joel Matip and Emre Can in the treatment room.
As a result of their mini injury-crisis, Jurgen Klopp will likely rest Liverpool’s key players for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Stoke as they look to finish the job in Rome next Wednesday.
But there are sudden fears they might have to do without one of the dynamic front-three.
Don’t worry, it’s not Mohamed Salah who took his tally to 43 goals for the season with a brace against Roma. Nor is it Roberto Firmino who, like Salah, scored twice and registered two assists during the first-leg.
Instead it’s Sadio Mane, who also got himself on the scoresheet on Tuesday night, that has worried Liverpool fans.
Images have been doing the rounds on social media of Mane walking into Spire Hospital in Liverpool on Wednesday, while reports suggest it was with a “slight limp.”
SADIO MANE WAS SEEN LIMPING INTO HOSPITAL
It’s claimed he spent more than half an hour inside the building before leaving.
While it’s unclear exactly what Mane’s problem is, he will surely be rested completely for the visit of Stoke if carrying any sort of knock whatsoever.
The Senegalese star might not get the headlines that Salah and Firmino get, but he’s played a very important role in helping Liverpool to a Champions League final.
He’s notched eight goals in 11 appearances in the competition and Klopp will want him fully fit at the Stadio Olimpico.
While a few players may be rested for the visit of Stoke this weekend, Klopp insists that they’re fully focused on cementing a place in the top-four, before the second-leg against Roma.
"I am already, to be 100 per cent honest, in the Stoke game. I am much more interested about the Stoke game in the moment than the second leg against Rome," Klopp said.
"The atmosphere (against Roma) was absolutely outstanding, what you can expect if you are 5-0 in the lead, the people really enjoyed it.
"So, I say to everybody who has a ticket, I expect exactly the same atmosphere on Saturday at 12:30 because we need it."
"That's a massive game for us and we need to be ready for that, and we try everything to be ready for that."
Liverpool still need to pick up two more wins to guarantee a place in the Champions League next season with both Spurs and Chelsea having a game in hand of them.
The Reds will be looking at the home fixtures against Stoke and Brighton as perfect opportunities to pick up the six points they need.
They travel to Chelsea in the penultimate match of the campaign and won't want to go there needing a result.
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