Mane has been one of the Reds’ most influential players this season, but he’ll miss a considerable chunk of the campaign after being substituted in the 89th minute of Senegal’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Cape Verde on Saturday.
It turns out the jet-heeled forward has injured his hamstring – leaving a position in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI open for, perhaps, Chamberlain.
The Ox has enjoyed the greatest start to life as a Liverpool player, and if he’s looking for a confidence boost he probably should stay away from Twitter for the next few days or so:
Mane huge blow for #LFC obviously but this is why you spend £35m on Oxlade-Chamberlain, surely? If he can't get a run now, when does he?
— Kristian Walsh (@Kristian_Walsh) October 10, 2017
Hope for Liverpool's sake they don't now get a chance to appreciate he is, actually, not good enough for Klopp's team pal
— Kevin Palmer (@RealKevinPalmer) October 10, 2017
Mane out for six weeks? No bother lads we've got Oxlade-Chamberlain genuine world class talent
— Miles Teller (@alexhill40) October 10, 2017
Mane out means Chamberlain will get his chance. Prepare for the worst everyone
— Leonard Archer (@fishpainting) October 10, 2017
Mane's injury is an opportunity for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The fella cost c£40m. Presumably he has the ability?
— AJS (@adsalk) October 10, 2017
Coutinho will play in mane's place with the usual gini hendo and can across the middle. Can't see chamberlain getting a start.
— lee watto (@leewatterson3) October 10, 2017
Sadio Mane out for 6 weeks. 6 weeks of the Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain disaster class incoming
— Firminion (@SG8_TheKop) October 10, 2017
No Mane for a few weeks then, no worries we've got Chamberlain 👀
— Harbs Soor (@HarbsLFC) October 10, 2017
— G (@staffilad) October 10, 2017
If I see Oxlade-Chamberlain in that starting 11 on Saturday I’m doing an @AdamPhair and supporting another team
— RoB 💯 (@rskneale) October 10, 2017
Will Klopp choose Oxlade-Chamberlain to start against bitter rivals Manchester United at the weekend? And does he deserve all of the stick and abuse he seems to be getting?