Monday 19 August 2019

Mixed injury news for Liverpool as Sadio Mane set for Champions League return while two midfielders ruled out

Sadio Mane is set to return after undergoing an operation on his hand (Martin Rickett/PA)
Sadio Mane is set to return after undergoing an operation on his hand (Martin Rickett/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed Sadio Mane is in contention for the Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade following the hand injury he suffered on international duty.

But the Liverpool boss told his pre-match press conference that Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita have been ruled out.

Klopp said it was a case of "we have to see, day by day" with Keita and added on Henderson: "He had a little hamstring injury...serious enough that he is not available for tomorrow or the weekend."

After Saturday's 1-0 Premier League win at Huddersfield, Klopp said it was "maybe the first period in my life that we are winning average matches."

When asked at Tuesday's press conference about the feeling that Liverpool can up their level this season, he said: "We have to prove that. We know it, we feel it. Everybody knows it.

"But then we have to show it, that that is how it is. I cannot sit here and say (clicks his fingers) and it will click.

"I don't have the feeling of being pleased - it's really that I think so far so good, nothing else. It looks like it will be a very interesting season."

Klopp's team, who are second in the Premier League, level on points with leaders Manchester City, are second in Champions League Group C.

They are a point behind Napoli, who beat Liverpool 1-0 in Italy last time out, and level on points with third-placed Paris St Germain, who Klopp's side beat 3-2 at Anfield in their opener.

Regarding their opponents on Wednesday, who have one point after two games, Klopp said: "Red Star is the team of Serbia.

"They are used to dominant football in Serbia, made life really complicated for Napoli (in a 0-0 draw) and PSG, even if the score against PSG (a 6-1 loss) doesn't sound like that."

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