Jürgen Klopp has said he is ‘pretty sure’ Liverpool forward Sadio Mané will undergo knee surgery after he injured his knee in Saturday’s 3-1 win Merseyside Derby win over Everton.
Mané picked up the injury after a collision with Leighton Baines in the second half after putting the Reds 1-0 up inside eight minutes. Any surgery would render Liverpool’s top goalscorer out for the remaining seven games of the season.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Stoke City, boss Jürgen Klopp confirmed to press that the Senegalese international is likely to be operated on.
“We are pretty sure he will need surgery. (We) are not 100% sure when it will happen, but it is clear, his season is over,” said Klopp.
The German continued: “That’s actually what I expected after I saw the video after the game.
“I thought it was lucky in this situation that more didn’t happen, but we are close to the end of the season and that means it will be pretty much impossible that he will play again this season.
“But he will then have a longer break and be ready for next season, so that’s the only good news.”
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The summer signing has been in fine form since his £35 million transfer from fellow Premier League side Southampton, notching 13 goals and 6 assists in 27 league matches.
Mané has missed only four games this season, with two of those due to the African Cup of Nations tournament in January, a period in which Liverpool went winless.
Klopp also offered an injury update on Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and captain Jordan Henderson.
Klopp said: “He (Lallana) is much better, but of course is no option for the weekend, because he is not in training. The problem is in the first few days with this kind of injury, it is a shooting muscle, you use it mainly if you shoot so we’ll need a few more days until we can have him back on the pitch.
“It’s similar to Hendo (Henderson). Hendo is also on a good way, but we don’t know exactly when he can be part of training again.”
Addressing England striker Sturridge’s ongoing fitness battles, Klopp said:”Daniel is part of training, but it was only yesterday and today and we will see. No major issues.”
– "Lallana's better. Not an option yet."
– "Henderson on a good way."
– "Sadio needs surgery. His season is over." pic.twitter.com/ipCiBGXUrf
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 7, 2017
Winger Phillipe Coutinho was substituted during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth on Wednesday night after a bout of illness, but Klopp was optimistic about his fitness for the weekend.
“Phil is still ill, he was not at Melwood yesterday and he is not here today. He had a little conversation with the doctor and he feels much better. It doesn’t look too good and we will have to see if we bring him in tomorrow. Stoke is not too far away so we will give him all the time he needs, but it will be really close.”
Juventus Fans Arrested After Clash with Police
Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash between Juventus and Ajax has already been marred by violence and controversy, before the teams even took to the pitch.
According to Ansa, citing a report from De Telegraaf, dozens of fans were reportedly arrested in Amsterdam in the hours leading up to the game.
Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini (h/t Football Italia) took to Facebook live video to state that “around 120” fans had been arrested.
Per the report from De Telegraaf, fans near the Johan Cruyff Arena were “in possession of knives, clubs, pepper spray and flares.” Also, dozens of Ajax supporters were reported to have clashed with riot police in separate incidents outside the stadium and were eventually dispersed with the use of tear gas and water cannons.
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Man City forward Raheem Sterling Looking to Combat Racism on the Pitch
Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, who spoke out last month after being subjected to taunts during England’s game in Montenegro, is looking to take his fight against racism to the pitch, saying he would rather stay on the field than let racism force him to walk off of the pitch during a match.
Sterling’s manager Pep Guardiola, stated that he would support players walking off in protest if it happened again, in a strong statement that racism is simply not acceptable.
“I think everyone are entitled to their own opinions. My mum has taught me to be comfortable in my own skin and I am,” Sterling said, according to the Manchester Evening News.
“I wouldn’t personally agree with [walking off], to win the game would hurt them even more they’re only trying to get you down. If you walk off they win, to score or win would be better.
“Everyone’s different. Everyone has their own opinion, how they deal with things emotionally and you have to support everyone.”
Sterling opened up about the racism he has faced in his life, discussing when he first expereinced racism when he moved from North London up to the north-west back in 2010.
“I don’t think trying to make a difference or making a difference, it’s about speaking what you experience. Some people might shy away from it, if more players speak up that might be better.
“It’s offensive but growing up my mum always told me I’m a wonderful black child and I know this. When I hear it, it’s nothing new. I’m happy with it. I’m confident, I’m black and I’m proud. Some people can’t take it but my mum has always told me to love who I am.
“The first time I experienced racism is when I went up north to Liverpool – in London in schools and on a day-to-day basis you’re surrounded by a diverse community. Only a few occasions growing up in the academy in Liverpool, and then mainly in the last couple of years of being a professional.”
Birmingham City Fan Jailed for 14 Days for Punching Aston Villa Player
27-year old Paul Mitchel, a Birmingham City fan has been jailed for 14 days after he plead guilt to assaulting Aston Villa midfielder Jack Graelish during the derby on Sunday.
Mitchell rushed the pitch and took a swing at Graelish when the player’s back was turned at Birmingham City’s St. Andrew’s stadium during the Championship match on Sunday.
Mitchell admitted to invading the pitch and has been officially banned from attending any football match in the U.K. for up to 10 years, and was also ordered to pay £350 in total fines.
Graelish made a statement in which he described how he was “shocked and scared” by the attack.
“I cannot help but feel how lucky I was in this incident,” he said (h/t ESPN). “It could have been so much worse had the supporter had some sort of weapon.”
“He cannot explain what came over himself yesterday morning,” Mitchell’s lawyer, Vaughn Whistance, said on Monday.
“His initial foolish intention was to go onto the pitch to whip up the crowd. He is certainly remorseful today. He is a man with a partner, they have a 2-year-old together and they’re expecting their second child.”
“This weekend a line has been crossed in terms of fan behaviour,” said a spokesperson for the FA.
“On Sunday we saw two separate incidents, at Birmingham City and Arsenal, of individuals entering the field of play and assaulting players.
“Not only is it an offence to enter the pitch, which could result in a club ban and criminal charges for the individual, but it also puts the safety of the players at risk.
“This is entirely unacceptable and we strongly condemn both incidents.
“We will be working with the clubs, the leagues and the police to discuss what collectively needs to be done to protect players and officials on the pitch.
“In addition, we have written to both Birmingham City and Arsenal to seek their observations to examine the security measures they had in place.”
Birmingham City apologized to Grealish and Aston Villa and banned Mitchell for life.
“Birmingham City Football Club would like to apologise to Jack Grealish and Aston Villa Football Club for an incident in Sunday afternoon’s derby match,” a club statement said.
“We deplore the behaviour of the individual who committed this act and rest assured he will be banned from St. Andrew’s for life. The club will also support any further punishment this individual may face in the eyes of the law.
“The club will be working with the relevant authorities to investigate all the circumstances and we will be reviewing our stadium safety procedures.
“What happened has no place in football or society. Jack is a Birmingham lad and regardless of club allegiance should not have been subjected to this — there are no excuses.
“Again, we apologise to Jack and all at Aston Villa Football Club.”
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