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Liverpool handed important update after Sadio Mane injury on Senegal duty

Rob McCarthy
Jurgen Klopp speaking to Sadio Mane

Liverpool have been handed an update after Sadio Mane was forced off during Senegal’s World Cup qualifier against Togo on Thursday.

The 28-year-old appeared to be in some discomfort after going up for a header in the 1-1 draw. Mane was replaced by Boulaye Dia after 28 minutes, sparking concern for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool supporters as the busy festive period looms large.

However, any worries have been eased, with Senegal coach Aliou Cisse revealing after the game that the forward was only withdrawn as a precautionary measure.

‘Yes, the exit of Sadio Mane destabilised us,” Cisse said.

“He is an important player for the team. We took him off as a precaution and there is nothing serious.”

The news will certainly be welcomed by Klopp, who has already lost Robert Firmino for a month. The Brazilian suffered a hamstring win during the Champions League win over Atletico Madrid.

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The Reds entered the international break on a losing note, after they went down 3-2 at West Ham.

Klopp’s men are next in action against Arsenal on November 20, with games against Porto, Southampton and Everton also on the horizon.

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Wolves leapfrog Liverpool in midfielder hunt

Meanwhile, Wolves have moved ahead of Liverpool in the race for Renato Sanches and are now plotting a significant bid, according to reports.

The central midfielder burst onto the scene with Portugal at Euro 2016. He made six appearances, scoring one goal, as Cristiano Ronaldo and co lifted their first ever major international trophy.

A big-money move to Bayern Munich followed but Sanches never managed to establish himself in Bavaria. He is now a top performer for Lille and helped them to win the French league title in 2020-21.

Renato Sanches, Edson Alvarez, Lille v Ajax at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium

Lille president Olivier Letang recently revealed that Sanches could leave if a ‘major club’ came in for his services. His comments saw the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal emerge, but Wolves are now the frontrunners to complete a deal.

French source Foot Mercato provide an update on the 24-year-old’s future. They claim that Wolves are preparing an offer worth €25m (£21.4m) ready for next summer. They believe they can give Sanches his first proper crack at the Premier League.

The player could move to Molineux to link up with a number of his compatriots. Wolves have eight Portuguese stars on their books, including the likes of Ruben Neves, Pedro Neto and Jose Sa. Manager Bruno Lage is also from Portugal.

Sanches could be brought in as Joao Moutinho’s long-term replacement. The playmaker is now 35 and entering the twilight years of his career. He could even retire when his contract in the West Midlands expires in June.

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