We have been dreading this moment for a few months now but the time is finally upon us and we must bid farewell to Sadio Mane for a few weeks.
The Senegalese forward will travel to Gabon to compete in the African Cup of Nations, leaving his teammates to maintain Liverpool’s title challenge without him.
His departure has been an unnerving down side to what has been an outstanding start to his Anfield career but the former Southampton man is confident his Reds compatriots will cope without him.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “We have done good work and we have a strong team so it will be no problem, they will do it.”
“We are in good position but now what’s more important is the direction. Everybody knows that and will be ready for the next games.”
“It won’t be easy for me to leave because I would like to help them but I think they will understand.”
Mane’s explosive pace and power on the ball is a trait this squad lacks in abundance which is why he has been such an important signing and why he will be missed so dearly.
There’s no doubting that we have the players to come in and perform just as prolifically and as creatively but being forced to adjust tactics half way through the season is rarely something that a manager would welcome.
It’s for this reason that the next couple of months pose as perhaps the most testing and defining under Jurgen Klopp so far.
We, like Mane, are confident the players are capable of continuing to compete with Chelsea.