Klopp explains Mane’s substitution updates on Henderson’s injury


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Klopp explains Mane’s substitution, updates on Henderson’s injury

Klopp explains Mane’s substitution, updates on Henderson’s injury

Klopp explains Mane’s substitution, Gives Jordan Henderson Fitness Update

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, has explained why he substituted forward, Sadio Mane, during his side’s Champions League 1-0 defeat against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night at the Wanda Metropolitano.

He also provided the latest injury update on the captain, Jordan Henderson, after the England international sustained a knock against Atletico Madrid.

Klopp explains Mane’s substitution Wanda Metropolitano after Saul Niguez scored the only goal of the encounter to give Diego Simeone’s side an advantage ahead of the second-leg tie next month.

“I substituted Sadio Mane because he was targeted to get another yellow card after he received the first one,” Klopp told BT Sport.

“He played very well in the first half, and what Atletico Madrid players wanted was to make sure Mane got a yellow card, so it was a tactical decision.”

Providing an update on Henderson’s injury, Klopp added: “He sustained a hamstring injury which I hope was a precaution.

“I am a hundred percent sure but will have to wait and see.”

Liverpool will now shift their attention to the Premier League, where they will take on West Ham United on Monday night at Anfield.

As for the other planned substitution, Henderson, we will have to wait to see how bad his injury is.

“Hendo felt his hamstring, unfortunately. We have to wait. He was not too concerned but enough to go off obviously.”

Although the word “hamstring” is a bit worrisome, hopefully it was more of a precaution. With three weeks until the return fixture, it should give the captain a chance to be fit if it’s not too severe.

Both subs greatly reduced Klopp’s ability to impact the match from the bench. Sometimes an injury can represent an opportunity to completely change the game—see Georginio Wijnaldum coming on for Andy Robertson against Barcelona last year. Last night was not one of those occasions.

Conceding a goal to notoriously defensive Atletico Madrid within the first four minutes certainly wasn’t part of the plan. Having key attacker Sadio Mane pick up a yellow after 40 minutes, and then having Atleti spend every ounce of energy in order to get him sent off before the half wasn’t part of the plan. Having captain Jordan Henderson going down with an apparent hamstring injury wasn’t part of the plan.

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