The attacking midfielder – a £30 million summer signing from Southampton – was subbed an hour into Senegal’s 2-0 win over Namibia at the weekend, with suggestions he’d suffered some sort of knee injury.
Jurgen Klopp was so worked up about the incident that he even called Mane personally to find out the extent of his knock, to help relieve his own anxiety.
But the good news is that it looks like Mane’s substitution was nothing more than a precaution by the Senegalese management team, and the Reds’ key player should be fit to face Premier League champions Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening.
That news was music to the ears of Liverpool fans all across the country, some of whom could hardly contain themselves:
As long as Mane is playing I'm not worried about playing any team. Too influential !! Works as hard defensively as he does offensively !!
— Mane's Pace (@MajorIsabella) September 5, 2016
Mane's injury isn't serious, he should be fine for Leicester. pic.twitter.com/6PgNt8y8Nj
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) September 5, 2016
Liverpool fans when they hear Sadio Mane has stubbed his toe against a table leg in the Melwood canteen… pic.twitter.com/ou9vlENxZv
— NOW TV Sport (@NOWTVSport) September 5, 2016
Sadio Mane creating levels of anxiety/relief among Liverpool fans that it took Luis Suarez best part of two seasons to generate. Some going.
— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) September 5, 2016
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) September 5, 2016
Thanks God Mane is fit to face Leicester.
— Maciek (@VintageFirmino) September 5, 2016
— Liverpool News (@NewsLiverpool) September 5, 2016
Mane is fit for the Leicester game get in!!!!
— Jonathan Fowler (@JonathanFowle10) September 5, 2016
Mané fit for Saturday? Mané fit for Saturday! YNWA
— what whale (@whatwhale) September 5, 2016
Mane fit for Saturday BOOM ?? #LFC
— Ryan Barlow (@ryankopite9) September 5, 2016
When you find out Mane is fully fit pic.twitter.com/FohsmqJSKb
— Tom Luscombe (@tomluscombe24) September 5, 2016
Are supporters right to be so elated at hearing Mane is fit? Is he really that influential?