Sunday 25 August 2019

Liverpool handed double boost with Mane and Klopp news ahead of Southampton test

Sadio Mane starts for Liverpool against Arsenal
Sadio Mane starts for Liverpool against Arsenal
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool have been handed a huge boost ahead of the resumption of Premier League action after Sadio Mane was cleared to play in Saturday’s game against his former club Southampton at Anfield.

Mane returned from international duty with Senegal early after what was described as ‘a recurrence of an injury’, which sparked fears that he may be set for another spell on the sidelines, after he missed much of October with a hamstring problem.

Liverpool sent a member of their own medical staff to Senegal with Mane in a bid to ensure he was carefully managed by his national team, with news that he has not suffered any fresh long-term damage a big boost to boss Jurgen Klopp.

Mane took part in a full training session with his team-mates on Thursday after being given the all clear to play after two days of recovery following his return from the Senegal training camp.

With midfielders Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson also set to return from injury this weekend, Klopp is likely to have welcome selection dilemmas as he looks to fit in a host of star names for a game Liverpool have to win to keep their faint hopes of getting back into the Premier League title race alive.

There was also welcome news regarding Liverpool manager Klopp, who was admitted to hospital on Wednesday after feeling unwell, as he was back at the club’s Melwood base on Thursday and oversaw the training session.

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