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Liverpool’s Sadio Mane set to miss out for up to six weeks

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane had been ruled out of action through a hamstring injury for around six weeks.

Mane, 25, was injured on international duty with Senegal and his absence could not have come at a worse time for Jurgen Klopp with Manchester United visiting Anfield on Saturday.

The Senegalese international scored 13 Premier League goals last season despite missing the whole of January because of the Africa Cup of Nations and the final six weeks of the campaign with a knee injury.

There was little doubt that he is amongst Liverpool’s most influential players, and as a result his injury has come at a particularly bad time with Adam Lallana still struggling to regain fitness after a thigh injury.

Lallana has already been sent to the Aspetar sports clinic in Qatar as he continues his rehabilitation and is likely to return in mid-November, along with Mane who will miss the two Champions League games against Maribor and trips to Tottenham and West Ham, as well the visit of Huddersfield Town.  

The Reds will still hope to have Mane in contention for their Champions League fixture in Sevilla on 21 November before they host Chelsea four days later in the Premier League.

“The winger was substituted 89 minutes into Senegal’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over the Cape Verde Islands on Saturday,” a Liverpool statement read. “It has now been confirmed that he picked up an injury during that fixture that could keep him out of action for up to six weeks.”

Klopp’s side have often struggled without Mané, since his move from Southampton, averaging 2.2 Premier League goals with him in the team as compared to 1.6 goals in his absence. Last season, their form fell away dramatically while Mané was at the Africa Cup of Nations, winning just one of their seven games, against League Two Plymouth in an FA Cup replay.

Transfer news: Mane completes deal with Liverpool

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Liverpool and Sadio Mane has completed the deal which would see the player move to Anfield from Southampton.

The Senegalese has put to pen a 5-year contract after passing medical examinations and agreeing on personal terms. He will officially join the Reds on July 1.

“Today is a big day and I am very happy to sign for one of the biggest clubs in Europe,” 24-year-old Mane said.

“It’s a club that has won a lot of trophies and has a big history,” he added. “Now I am looking forward to meeting all the staff and my teammates and starting the season.”

Mane’s transfer fee could rise to £36 million despite the reported £34 million, which in turn would make him the club’s most expensive signing. He follows players such as Loris Karius, Marko Grujic and Joel Matip in joining the Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield squad this summer transfer season.

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In Italy, Dani Alves has completed his move to Serie A champions Juventus.

The Brazilian, transferring on free agent from F.C. Barcelona, says he will wear the No. 23 shirt with his new club in honour of LeBron James.

“LeBron James is someone I admire for the way he constantly reinvents himself and never rests on his laurels, always aiming for new challenges and triumphs,” Alves said of the recent NBA champion.

Alves, 33, has also set his sights on winning the Champions League with his new side.

“The club’s dream is to win the Champions League, and I hope to help them achieve this,” Alves said. “I can’t say exactly what Juventus require to win the Champions League. That’s something I’ll begin to work out from now onwards.”

“We need to believe we can win the Champions League if we are to do so. My teammates and I will give it our best shot.”

 

Southampton’s Sadio Mane prepared to join Liverpool

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Southampton’s Sadio Mane is prepped and ready to join Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool after negotiations over the 24-year-old winger that lasted several weeks.

Mane will be travelling to Merseyside on Monday as part of a deal for around £30m, with officials at St Mary’s Stadium initially holding out for closer to £40m.

Both Premier League clubs have already agreed on a fee in principle and will travel to Liverpool for a medical and to finalise personal terms. The transfer is expected to be complete within the week.

Jurgen Klopp had switched his attention to Mane after the German was thwarted and left frustrated to acquire Mario Gotze from Bayern Munich.

This was not the first case in recent years in which Southampton players left St. Mary’s stadium for Liverpool. Former Saints such as Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert and Nathaniel Clyne have all moved to Anfield since the summer of 2014.

Mane was dropped by Ronald Koeman in January amid interest from Manchester United. Despite going four months without a goal, he ended last season as the team’s leading scorer with 15 goals in all competitions.

His deal provides the Saints with a handsome profit on a player they bought from Salzburg for £10m two years ago. Earlier, they sold midfielder Victor Wanyama to Tottenham for £11m.

The team has also already secured a replacement for Mane. They completed the signing of Norwich’s Nathan Redmond on Saturday on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £10m.

Meanwhile, Liverpool would seek recompense for Sadio Mane’s transfer fee by selling Christian Benteke. The Belgian had struggled since his move from Aston Villa in 2015.