With Sadio Mane‘s season now likely over due to a knee injury, Liverpool supporters are left clinging to the hope the Reds can perform without him.
Mane left the field just before the hour mark in Saturday’s Merseyside derby, with scans now revealing the extent of the damage suffered at Anfield.
According to reports, Liverpool are set to decide within the next 48 hours whether to go ahead with surgery for the 24-year-old, with Mane to spend the rest of the season on the sidelines if so.
Without their top goalscorer and one of their most consistent performers, the Reds now face a fight to keep up their Champions League push.
Here’s how supporters reacted to Mane’s likely two-month layoff on social media.
Mane out for the season then. Absolutely awful timing to lose our most influential player for the run in. Another huge, huge blow. Sake.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) April 5, 2017
Mané's injury is a huge blow, but top four is within our grasp and we still have the quality to see it out.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) April 5, 2017
— Darren Bleasdale (@Darren__1996) April 5, 2017
Feel pretty winded over the Sadio Mané news.
Maybe not the best plyr but definitely the most valuable #LFC have.
— Nasiru Rashid (@nasjasonrashid) April 5, 2017
Sadio Mané out for the rest of the season. pic.twitter.com/eGSGFMBFzk
— – (@AnfieldRd96) April 5, 2017
Sadio Mane. pic.twitter.com/TBvdgmhH8o
— James Proudlock (@JamesProudlock) April 5, 2017
Mane out 8-10 weeks.
Had we won our two games at home… I would be super confident overtaking Liverpool. Now, it's too late.
— Scotty (@TridgeTV) April 5, 2017
Sadio Mane won't play again this season. pic.twitter.com/DLQKO1er8w
— SH (@Sennesation) April 5, 2017
“One door closes another door opens chance for another player to stand up and be counted.”
– David O’Rourke on Facebook.
“Just be thankful it’s not an ACL and we should if we get stuck in finish in the top four.”
– Alan Wright on Facebook.
so with Mane out for last 8 games, does that mean we actually need goals from our CF?
— SimonBrundish (@SimonBrundish) April 5, 2017
Can't say Sadio Mane being out for the season is a surprise, just interested to see how Origi, TAA, Wilson etc. cope in his place.
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) April 5, 2017
“Once again it’s really time for Liverpool to step up and show they’re not a one man team!”
– Jonathan Eryd on Facebook.
Now it looks like Sadio Mané will be out, Daniel Sturridge & Divock Origi's sharpness, fitness & importance cannot be understated! Crucial!
— Club de Fútbol Ugbaja (@UgbajaFC) April 5, 2017
LFC fans turning on the team cos mane is out rest of the season…
We go again, get behind the lads and get this top 4
— Legend Eski ( Matt ) (@LegendEskimoBoy) April 5, 2017