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International breaks can be annoying at the best of times, but Liverpool fans have to be breathing a sigh of relief after Senegal’s match on Sunday.
Reds supporters will have had their eyes on numerous games as their stars headed across the globe to represent their teams, but there may not have been a more important game in the eyes of Liverpool fans than Senegal’s clash with Eswatini.
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On the face of it, Senegal vs Eswatini is not a headline-making fixture in the context of the African Cup of Nations qualifying phase, but due to Sadio Mane’s involvement, Liverpool fans will have had a vested interest in this match.
Indeed, Reds supporters will have been praying for Mane to steer clear of any injury problems, but the initial outcome of that match will have infuriated a number of supporters.
The clash between the two African nations was heading for a 0-0 draw when the referee abandoned the match due to the weather conditions.
It looked as if the game would have to be rescheduled for a later date – meaning that Mane would have had to play another match for Senegal during the next international break, further putting him at risk of injury and fatigue issues.
However, the ref eventually restarted the game, meaning that Mane won’t have to play in any rescheduled fixtures, and that will be a massive help for the Premier League title contenders.
Reds supporters certainly have a lot to be grateful towards the referee for.