Liverpool rue Mane blow after derby success

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LIVERPOOL, April 2, 2017 (BSS/AFP) – Sadio Mane looks set to miss Liverpool’s match against Bournemouth on Wednesday after suffering a knee injury during their 3-1 victory over Everton.

The Senegal forward scored an early goal as Jurgen Klopp’s side strengthened their hopes of Champions League qualification with a deserved win in the 228th Merseyside derby at Anfield on Saturday.

He limped off in the second half following a collision with Everton defender Leighton Baines, but did not leave the ground on crutches, giving Liverpool hope he will not be out for long.

“Today nearly everything was perfect, then we lose Sadio Mane,” said Liverpool manager Klopp.

“When I saw him in the dressing room, it didn’t look as if he would be ready for Wednesday. We will see. We hope it’s not that serious, but it does not make our life easier.”

Klopp added: “Obviously he has pain and it didn’t look like it’s only a knock or a muscle or something, but we have to wait.”

Divock Origi, who replaced Mane, scored the third goal, with Philippe Coutinho’s superb shot having made it 2-1 at half-time after Matthew Pennington’s first senior goal briefly brought Everton level.

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