Sadio Mane: Liverpool forward to have knee surgery and will miss the end of the season

Sadio Mane
Mane suffered the injury in a challenge with Leighton Baines, having earlier scored the opening goal against Everton

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane will have an operation on a knee injury on Tuesday and will miss the rest of the season.

He damaged cartilage in his left knee in a collision with Leighton Baines in a 3-1 home win over Everton.

Manager Jurgen Klopp had said Mane, 25, needed surgery, leaving it "pretty much impossible for him to play again this season".

Liverpool are third in the Premier League and have six games left.

The injury is expected to rule him out for two months.

Mane joined the club for £34m from Southampton last summer and has started all but six of Liverpool's league games this campaign.

Of those, one was won, three were drawn and two were lost.

Klopp, speaking before Saturday's win at Stoke, also said Adam Lallana was "much better but is not in training" as the midfielder continues his recovery from a thigh injury suffered on England duty in March.

Captain Jordan Henderson, who has been out since February, is "in a good way, but I don't know when he can be part of training again", the German added.

Mane startingLiverpool over 2016-17Without Mane starting
26Games6
17Wins1
6Draws3
3Defeats2
60Goals scored6
2.3Goals per game1
30Goals conceded8
1.2Goals conceded per game0.75
2.2Points per game1
Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane posted a photo of his knee on Instagram following his injury

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