This is a horrible, horrible piece of news to have to write up.
Sadio Mane will be sidelined for at least six weeks after doing his hamstring while on international duty with Senegal.
The winger was subbed off in the 89th minute of the World Cup Qualifier with Cape Verde Islands on Saturday, but while we originally hoped it was precautionary, the official website has confirmed the worst.
Liverpool’s record without Mane since he signed from Southampton is frankly horrible.
The Telegraph reported in September that with the 25-year-old we win 63% of games and without him it drops to 42%.
If Mane is out for six weeks, he’ll miss our upcoming crunch clashes against Manchester United and Spurs, but also games with Maribor (twice), Huddersfield, West Ham, Southampton, Sevilla, Chelsea and Stoke – in what’s a fixture congested November.
To make matters worse, Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are returning late from Brazil duty and might not be ready for Saturday either, while Adam Lallana is still a while away, having recently been sent to Qatar to continue his rehab.