Sadio Mane will undergo surgery on his knee injury on Tuesday, with the Liverpool winger facing eight weeks on the sidelines.
The 25-year-old has missed the last two games after limping off midway through the Reds’ 3-1 win in the Merseyside derby at the beginning of April.
And according to the Liverpool Echo, Mane will now go under the knife on Tuesday afternoon in London.
This is believed to rule Mane out for eight weeks, which should ensure he returns to full fitness for Liverpool’s pre-season preparations this summer.
Mane will certainly be unavailable for the Reds’ post-season friendly against Sydney FC on May 24, but should be able to join Klopp’s squad at the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong in July.
While Mane’s absence is a major blow to Liverpool in their push for Champions League qualification, an eight-week layoff is far from disastrous.
This has shifted the emphasis in attack, with Liverpool’s wing-backs utilised to provide the width missing with Mane out.
Losing Mane is a blow, but confirmation of his layoff allows Klopp to focus and prepare without his No. 19.