Liverpool rocked by Sadio Mane hamstring blow ahead of Manchester United test

Liverpool Sadio Mane

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The Merseyside giants have confirmed that Mane picked up a hamstring injury while on worldwide duty with Senegal and as a result is looking at up to six weeks on the sidelines.

A statement on the club's website said he was substituted just before the end of Senegal's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over the Cape Verde Islands on Saturday.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has bemoaned the Reds losing Sadio Mane to injury ahead of this weekend's Premier League meeting with Manchester United.

The speedster sustained the problem in that encounter, with scans showing the damage is substantial enough to keep him out of action for over a month. Mane, who was among a 30-man shortlist for.

"Mane, whose lay-off will commence when Manchester United visit Anfield on Saturday, has scored three goals in five Premier League appearances this term".

The 25-year-old has played nine times for Liverpool this season after recovering from knee surgery, which cut short his excellent first campaign at Anfield.

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