Liverpool forward Sadio Mane had an ice pack on his leg after he was substituted in the second half against Ajax.
However, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Mane has had a “dead leg” for a few days, which is why the Senegal international applied an ice pack to his leg after he was substituted.
Klopp said that Mane’s “dead leg” will not be a problem going forward.
“Sadio has since a few days a dead leg and deals with that in that area,” Klopp said post-match, as quoted by Goal.
“That’s the only thing why it’s still painful but it’s not a problem. When he doesn’t play, he puts ice on it.”
The images below were provided by Goal.
Uh-oh, Liverpool fans 😬
— Goal (@goal) October 21, 2020
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Klopp’s comments certainly provide some relief. When we saw Mane applying an ice pack to his leg, we feared the worst in terms of a serious injury.
Liverpool can’t afford to lose Mane. The forward has scored 85 goals and registered 34 assists in 176 appearances for the Reds.
The aforementioned numbers highlight that he is a very good player for Liverpool.
Mane was the difference for Liverpool last night. As you can see in the footage below, which has been provided by Dribling Futbol, Mane received the ball from an Andy Robertson throw-in and then drove at the Ajax defence.
The Senegal international decided to take a shot. Mane’s shot deflected off Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico, and then the ball found the back of the net.
The goal was not awarded to Mane, as the deflection of Tagliafico was the reason that the ball found the back of the net.
Despite that being the case, it was Mane’s creativity and shot that led to Liverpool securing a 1-0 victory.