Sadio Mane can fill Philippe Coutinho gap - Jurgen Klopp

Sadio Mane can fill Philippe Coutinho gap - Jurgen Klopp
Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho celebrate a goal for Liverpool

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Jan 22, 2018. 17:00

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the form of Sadio Mane will lessen the impact of losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

The Reds sold the Brazilian playmaker to Barca earlier this month, but Klopp argues that his side has enough power in attack to cover for his absence.

Mane has returned to strong form following some recent struggles, while Egyptian Mohamed Salah continues to impress in his debut season at Anfield.

Liverpool will be under pressure to win their match away to Swansea City tonight (kick-off 22h00 CAT) after seeing Manchester United and Chelsea both record victories over the weekend, in the race for second place behind Manchester City.

"It had nothing to do Phil [Mane's recent performances] but because we have players of this quality in the squad we don't need to talk about Phil," said Klopp.

"Sadio is one of the players who, for sure, can fill this gap if you want. If there was a gap. But only when he is a good moment.

"Now he is in a good moment and I am really happy about that because it helps."

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