Sadio Mane will probably return to Merseyside this week and ask his team-mates what the hell happened, as Liverpool have fallen apart in his absence.
A shock defeat at home against Swansea City last week was followed by an exit at the hands of Southampton and Wolves in the League Cup and FA Cup respectively, effectively leaving Liverpool with another season without a trophy.
Since 2006, Liverpool have only managed to win the League Cup once, in 2012, and that stands as their only trophy in a decade. There was hope that things could change this season but, after a horrendous week, everything has changed.
Now, Liverpool face a stern test in the final few months of the season to land a Champions League spot and it certainly won’t be easy; with Manchester City and Manchester United hot on their heels.
Fortunately, Mane’s Senegal were knocked-out of the African Cup of Nations on penalties last night, with Mane missing the deciding penalty, and fans are thrilled to see him returning to the club.
Horrible result vs Wolves today but the news of Mane's return from AFCON tonight is a massive lift.
— LiverpoolFF (@LiverpoolFF) January 28, 2017
So excited about Mané's return? Poor lad, he was so happy about AFCON and he just missed a penalty for his country. Sorry for him :/ #ynwa
— Micha (@KalashnikLove) January 28, 2017
Obviously I'm happy we get Mané back but seeing him heartbroken is not nice, he genuinely gave his all for Senegal. Be proud Sadio.
— Ben Webb (@benwebblfc) January 28, 2017
It'll be great to have Mane back. But seriously, our fans need to relax. One man won't change everything. Time to graft for everyone! #LFC
— Enam Anfield (@ahmede1) January 29, 2017
WE GOT MANE BACK ????????⚽
— ellislobodzinski◢◤ (@EllisLob26xx) January 29, 2017
Only team in top 6 that can just focus on the league, Mane back, New month and in need of a decent run #optimistic
— Klopptimus Prime (@PrimeKlopptimus) January 28, 2017
Wonder what the fans excuse will be when Mané comes back & we still struggle? #LFC been found out tactically & we don't have a 'plan B'
— Stephen Matthews (@Heinz_Bean) January 28, 2017
Wanted Mané to come back but now it's actually happened I feel guilty.
— . (@Helentinho) January 28, 2017
Perfect timing for Senegal to get knocked out of afcon. Mané will come back and save our season now haha
— Chris Jackson (@chris_jackson95) January 28, 2017
It's funny that people think Mane is going to come back and suddenly the entire team will be fixed
— Craig (@lxllanaturn) January 28, 2017
Best news to come out of today is Senegal getting pumped out the African cup of nations!! Buzzing to have Mané back ✈️????????♀️
— Stuart Lang. (@Stuuartlang) January 28, 2017
Feel so bad for Mane for getting knocked out on penalties but at least he's coming back to save us
— Garath! (@GarathHaddock) January 28, 2017
To be fair you can't expect Mané to come back and start on Tuesday. Physically and mentally won't be ready. Bench is probably pushing it.
— -£14m (@Matty__A) January 28, 2017
Mane missed the 5th penalty and sent Senegal back home. Yay he is coming back to LFC
— shihan sa (@ShihanSA) January 28, 2017