Mane backs Liverpool to cope without him

Liverpool have been excellent under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp and are currently Chelsea’s closest competitors in the race for the Premier League title, sitting six points behind the Blues.

Klopp inherited a talented squad from predecessor Brendan Rodgers and has strengthened his ranks further over the course of the summer, ahead of his first full season at Anfield, and brought a wealth of new faces to the club.

One of those, Sadio Mane, has made a big impression since arriving on Merseyside from Southampton but the Reds will have to cope without his services early next year, with the Senegalese international heading to the African Cup of Nations.

However, Mane feels his side will be able to cope without his services. Quoted by The Guardian, Mane admitted it will be difficult to leave his team-mates behind.

“It will not be easy for me to go with Senegal next month. I would love to carry on playing with my team-mates and help my team but I think they will understand because it is my country and it is my dream.”

“I will be wishing them good luck but without me the team will be the same, even better. They will cope. [Philippe] Coutinho will come back. [Joel] Matip will come back and [Daniel] Sturridge is back now.”

“I am very happy for him. It has not been easy for him being out. He has had a lot of injuries but you know he can deliver important performances. That is why the team will be strong.”

The 24-year-old has enjoyed tremendous form for his new side, scoring eight goals and adding a further four assists to his name in 16 Premier League appearances.