Jurgen Klopp says it looks likely that Sadio Mane’s knee injury is season-ending.
Mane injured his left knee in a duel with Everton’s Leighton Baines during Saturday’s Merseyside derby and had to be replaced by Divock Origi in the 57th minute.
Klopp insists that no decision has yet been made as to whether the forward requires surgery to correct the damage in his knee.
“Sadio is not involved [against Bournemouth],” Klopp said. “I cannot say more than I said yesterday, but it doesn’t look good and that’s how it is.
“It doesn’t look at the moment like he could play one more game this season, but if somebody wants to surprise me with positive [news] then I am open for this. We will see.
“There is no final judgement. We have to wait for more assessments and then we will know more.”
Mane has been one of Liverpool’s best players this season, scoring 13 goals in 29 appearances following his £30 million move from Southampton in the summer.
His extended absence will be a huge blow to Liverpool’s push for Champions League qualification, with captain Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana also injured.
Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, Klopp said that Mane’s situation was “not very positive.”
However, the Liverpool manager added that he has the options to deal with Mane’s absence as the Reds look to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.
“We don’t think about what we miss, we only think about what we can do to win this football game,” Klopp said ahead of Liverpool’s encounter with Bournemouth on Wednesday night.
“As a manager, I can’t really remember the last time I had all players available and decisions to make were so difficult that I thought ‘oh my God, I’m leaving five players at home and really good players on the bench’ because that’s really rare.
“So, the only job to do is to play the best you are able to and not think about who you miss and all that stuff.
“We have the possibility to change system. We have one session today to do this, [but it’s] still possible, absolutely.
“I’m not sure we can have a similar line-up to the last game, but we have different options, we can bring in young boys, experience up front, on the wing, Millie [James Milner] could play a wing position offensively.”
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