Klopp: Liverpool can cope without Mane
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes his side have shown they are capable of performing in the absence of the injured Senegal international Sadio Mane.
Mane who scored 13 goals and 5 assists in 27 appearances is set to sit out the remainder of the campaign due to a knee injury. Many supporters and pundits have seen this has a huge blow to Liverpool’s top four chances this season.
However, Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool have shown they are capable of performing well in Mane’s absence – pointing to the chances created without him in the 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.
“I know everyone was talking before about how we miss Sadio Mane and we do miss Sadio Mane but he doesn’t help us too much in defending and we created enough chances to have scored more,” Klopp said ahead of Saturday’s trip to Stoke City.
“Again, around the second goal, Sadio would not have been too much involved in defending so the influence of missing Sadio was not too big.
“That’s why it felt like it did at the end. It could have been good. It could have been the perfect game in terms of the result, a bad start, coming back at this stage of the season with a sick Phil [Coutinho] and a tired Roberto [Firminio], all that stuff.
“It could have been the perfect result but unfortunately between perfect and difficult to accept – sometimes it is only a second. That’s how it was in this game.”