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Liverpool star Sadio Mane Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Liverpool star Sadio Mane Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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Liverpool star Sadio Mane Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Liverpool's efforts to get Sadio Mane home from the African Nations Cup as quickly as possible were frustrated by red tape to further complicate his availability for tonight's crucial game at home to Chelsea.

The club sent a private jet to Gabon on Sunday following Senegal's exit from the competition but the issues with the flight delayed his arrival back home until the evening, therefore meaning he missed team training.

Jurgen Klopp will have to decide today whether to include the player, at best as a substitute, who was distraught after missing the critical penalty in a 5-4 shoot-out quarter-final defeat to Cameroon.

"I don't know exactly (when he will be available)," said Klopp. "The club did an outstanding job to bring him back as soon as possible and he is now on his way.

"We thought it would be possible yesterday: we had a plane there but he was not allowed to go in the plane so we had to wait. He will be here tonight but I spoke to him and it is all good so far. We have to look in his eyes and see whatever is possible."

Irish Independent