Sadio Mane scores and taken off with knee injury during Merseyside derby

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Liverpool winger Sadio Mane was taken off with a suspected knee injury in the second half of Saturday’s Merseyside derby.

The Senegal international had earlier picked up where he left off from his last-gasp match-winner in December’s derby by opening the scoring on eight minutes.

However, Mane pulled up after an awkward tangle with Everton left-back Leighton Baines shortly before the hour mark.

 

The Reds’ 13-goal top scorer was able to leave the pitch without the aid of a stretcher and was replaced by Divock Origi.

The Belgium international wasted little time making his mark as he hammered in Liverpool’s third to make it 3-1 after great work Philippe Coutinho, who had earlier scored himself after Matthew Pennington had equalized for the Blues.

It is unclear of the severity of Mane’s injury at this stage, but Jurgen Klopp will be hoping the problem doesn’t rob him of the £30m winger as they continue their push for a top-four spot with a visit from Bournemouth on Wednesday.

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