Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane is fit to face Arsenal on Saturday when the English Premier returns. 

The Senegal international was doubtful after picking an injury while on international duty last week, but coach Jurgen Klopp has revealed he will be available.

Speaking on Thursday, the German tactician further revealed a number of players, including Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson will be checked ahead of the match.

The pair sustained minor injuries while on international duty, which ruled them out of their respective nations’ World Cup qualifier matches.

“Robbo was lucky, we can probably say. It was a little bit DOMS, the intensity of all the games he played probably, rather than anything else,” Klopp told on Thursday.

“He was smart enough to [make] the right decision, he went off early, which he usually is not doing. But in this case it was absolutely right, and so there’s a good chance that he can be involved at the weekend.

“Hendo, a little bit more [injured] than Robbo but a chance for the weekend. So we are working on that. It’s not a serious injury but in this short period of time we have to see if he is ready for Saturday. But after that, 100 per cent, and possibly for Arsenal as well.

“Sadio is fine – painful but fine. Everybody who had a rib bruise knows it’s an annoying thing. But Sad trained here with us now in all sessions.

“We took him out a little bit earlier here and there when we knew now it will be full contact, stuff like this, just to give it a bit more time to settle. But he looks fine.”

Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, and James Milner, who were all sidelined before the break, will however miss the match.

“So Joe is obviously still not available. He is in a good way and it looks pretty good. It was clear he will need a few weeks and that’s still [the case], the rehab is not finished. But in a good place actually,” said the boss.

“Naby and James are in a good way as well, getting closer. Probably next week we expect them being back in team training, let’s see what that means for the Porto game – but not for the weekend, they are not available.

“Bobby [is] getting closer but not for the weekend. We’ll see, that will take a little bit longer still.”

Liverpool are currently fourth on the standings on 22 points, two ahead of the Gunners.


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