Monday Dec 03, 2018. 17:23
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Sadio Mané finished their Merseyside Derby clash against Everton, despite carrying a foot injury.
Divock Origi netted a stoppage-time winner for the Reds who duly keep the pressure on English Premier League leaders Manchester City.
The goal came as a huge relief for Klopp, especially after the Anfield club's 2-1 defeat away to Paris Saint-Germain in the Uefa Champions League last week.
On a night where Liverpool's front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Mané weren't as effective, Klopp felt that the Senegal international had the best game of the trio.
“Sadio had the standout performance of the three," Klopp is quoted as saying by Goal.com. "Yes he had the chances and he didn't use them, but he was pretty much not (easy) to defend in one-on-one situations.
“He got better minute by minute. If you see now he is sitting in the dressing room and has a cut on his foot. Twenty minutes from the end he got it, I don't know how it happened but it was a very painful thing.
“He didn't tell me, otherwise we may have changed [the substitutions] differently. Probably not.
“We will see how we line up in the next game. We only have to think about Burnley, not Bournemouth or Napoli or United or Wolves," he concluded.
Mané was recently rewarded for his good form with a new bumper deal that will keep him contracted to the club until 2023. The 26-year-old has scored seven and assisted three goals in 19 appearances across all competitions this season.