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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reveals Sadio Mane injury after quiet display in Chelsea win | Football | Sport

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed Sadio Mane was substituted against Chelsea because he was injured.

Mane was brought off for James Milner with a little under 20 minutes remaining at Stamford Bridge.

It didn’t affect the Reds, who held onto a 2-1 lead to maintain their 100 per cent record in the Premier League this season.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino scored the goals and Klopp was pleased with the performance despite the worry over Mane.

The German told Sky Sports: “It was a good game between good sides. We forced the set-pieces in decisive areas.

“Second half I think we had two, at least one no-brainer to make it more clear and 3-0 would have been a statement in the Premier League but then N’Golo Kante makes his little run and kicks it in with his big toe.

“Then it is completely normal that you come under pressure but we defended well. There were a couple of good saves from both goalkeepers.

“Good situations in an exciting game and that is how it is in the top six and in the Premier League.

“We work on set pieces. All the things we do in training I love to see on the pitch. Big fight from everybody.

“Sadio [Mane] got a bad knock. He is OK but we have to make that substitution. You will never win at Chelsea without putting a proper shift in and we did that today.”

Liverpool’s win meant their lead at the top of the table is back to five points.

It came after Manchester City piled the pressure on with an 8-0 demolition of Watford on Saturday.

But Klopp is keen to keep Liverpool focused and not to worry about their rivals.

He added: “It is exceptional. What can I say? We have to keep on going.

“It never looks as easy as it did for City yesterday but we have not had these games yet. We have to work for it.”

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