Sadio Mane absence from Jordan Henderson award picture explained

There was a conspicuous absentee from a picture of Jordan Henderson celebrating his FWA Men’s Footballer of the Year award with his teammates with Sadio Mane missing from the snap.

The Liverpool skipper picked up the prestigious prize on Friday, beating off competition from Mane himself as well as Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne.

He posed for a photo in front of the first-team squad and backroom staff holding the trophy, but both Mane and defender Dejan Lovren were not there.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Mane did not appear because he is suffering from a minor medical issue, although it is not expected to rule him out for the last day of the season, with the Reds taking on Newcastle on Sunday.



Supporters were confused by Sadio Mane’s absence from the photo

Lovren, meanwhile, is expected to complete a move to Zenit St Petersburg in the near future, and it looks like he may not be seen at Liverpool training again.

Henderson is clearly a hugely popular figure among his teammates at the club, and they will have been delighted he came out on top in the award.

His teammate Adam Lallana, who will leave the club following the game against Newcastle, spoke emotionally about Henderson in an interview with LFCTV on Friday, and broke down in tears while praising his friend.

“I’ve been alongside him (Henderson) when he’s had his down moments…” Lallana said.

“He’s had a couple of injuries and he’s been alongside me and my dark moments, injuries. It’s not just defeats these dark moments.



Jordan Henderson receives the Football Writers Association’s Player of the Year trophy

“That’ll be a constant battle for Premier League footballers throughout footballing careers because you’re just looking for answers – try harder, do this, do that. There is nothing that will guarantee fitness, you’ve just got to keep working and doing your job.

“That’s why he deserves this more than anyone else. He deserves to be the captain of Liverpool holding the four trophies in one season more than anyone else and no one can take that away from him ever.

“Being not just his friend but his teammate, nothing makes me happier.”

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