Sadio Mané is a doubt for the weekend and Nathaniel Clyne faces a further three months on the sidelines…
The international break has again been the purveyor of bad news for Liverpool on the injury front, although on this occasion only one of the two setbacks can be attributed directly to representing a national team.
That claim applies to Sadio Mané who has aggravated the hamstring injury he suffered during the previous set of international fixtures at the beginning of October.
The original issue kept the pacy attacker out for a month and forced him to miss five games before an impressive return to action against West Ham United last weekend.
Mané played the full 90 minutes in Senegal’s 2-0 home win over South Africa on Friday, and had a hand in both goals, but subsequently complained of discomfort in the same hamstring.
With victory confirming the Teranga Lions’ place at next summer’s World Cup, the winger has since been released from the squad ahead of the return fixture on Tuesday and is expected back at Melwood on the same day.
Rather than voice his displeasure at the situation, Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has surprisingly praised the player’s dedication to representing his country, despite obvious concerns over the latest repercussions.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund chief told Liverpoolfc.com: “First and foremost, I have to say big congratulations to Senegal on the achievement of qualifying for the World Cup; this is fantastic news for their country and the players – Sadio included.
“Aliou Cisse and his guys have done a fantastic job there and you can see them making a real impact in Russia come next summer. Personally speaking, I’m delighted for Sadio. Everyone in Liverpool knows his ability and the best players should be on the best stage – Sadio will now have this wonderful chance.
“Specifically on him returning to Melwood early to be with us; obviously it is a concern that the hamstring injury is again on the agenda and it will be critical for us to monitor and manage that in the coming days.
“At this stage we haven’t seen Sadio yet to properly assess the extent, but what is clear is that we will have to stay on top of this for the rest of the week and make sure we are careful in how we look after him.
“There has been really strong communication between ourselves and the Senegal team management to ensure the player is properly protected and looked after. We respect how important he is for Senegal and therefore it must always be the case that they get to make the decision when he is under their care.
“It should not be forgotten in Liverpool, either, how important it is to Sadio that he represents his country whenever he is fit enough to do so. He is so proud of his country and recognises what a role model he is for them.
“So, in this moment all I can really say with certainty is that we will assess Sadio as soon as he lands back in the country and make decisions on what rehab and treatment gives him the best chance of being back fit and strong for the important fixtures we have coming.”
While the outlook for Mané is currently unclear there is finally some certainty over Nathaniel Clyne‘s situation, and it’s not good news.
The right-back suffered a back injury during pre-season but looked to be on his way back in September before experiencing complications.
Clyne hasn’t featured since a friendly win over Tranmere Rovers on July 12 and the procedure is likely to rule him out until at least February.
Liverpool return to action against Southampton at Anfield on Saturday.
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