Three days have passed since Liverpool’s win in the Merseyside derby against Everton, and at Anfield they are still to find out the severity of Sadio Mane’s injury.
The Senegalese had to be substituted, obviously in pain and almost unable to walk properly. His knee was swollen, so the medical staff of Liverpool knew they would have to wait for the swelling to subside, before evaluating with precision his situation.
The problem is that even until earlier this morning the swelling had not really subside, making Livepool’s people fear that Mane’s injury could keep him out not just for a couple of weeks, or until the end of the month, but, in fact, until the very end of the season.
At this point, the only thing they seem to be sure of at Liverpool, is that Mane did not pick up a cruciate ligament injury, something that would sideline him most probably until the end of 2017.
No matter how long Mane will stay out, it looks like it falls on Divock Origi to step up and help cover the void.
I’m ready. I always said that I’m ready to be an important player for the team. I really believe it. I’m not just an option for the future, I’m an option for now. I hope I can play a big part in the end of the season
Origi told reporters after the Merseyside derby on Saturday, in which he scored a beautiful goal, sealing Liverpool’s victory.