Sadio Mane promises to return from injury ‘better than ever’

Liverpool winger Sadio Mane has vowed to return even stronger than before after he was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Mane was sent for surgery after suffering the injury during the Merseyside derby against Everton earlier this month but expressed his gratitude for the messages that he has received from fans across the world.

As reported by the club’s official website, Mane said: “It’s great that I have received so many encouraging messages from fans around the world, particularly on social media.

“It makes me proud and gives me so much power that so many supporters of Liverpool FC and Senegal give me such great support. I’d like to say thank you to everyone.

“I will give my very best after yesterday’s successful surgery to be back on the pitch as soon as possible and be even better than before.”

Losing Mane for the remainder of the campaign was a cruel blow for Liverpool, with the Senegal international having made a tremendous impact since his switch from Southampton.

A quick and direct player, Mane has scored 13 goals in the Premier League this season, while he has created 43 chances and completed 56% of his attempted take-ons.

Liverpool are determined to secure a top four finish this campaign, with Jurgen Klopp’s side currently in third place in the table, although they have played at least one game more than many of the sides around them.