Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has taken a big step in his recovery from injury after coming through a ‘clearing’ session to return to first-team training.
The Senegal player hasn’t played for Liverpool since the first day of the month after picking up a hamstring injury on international duty.
Klopp said he’s nearing a return – although Mane won’t play before the upcoming international break. Neither will Adam Lallana, who is yet to feature this season, but the England international is also stepping up his fitness.
‘Both are looking good,’ said Klopp ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League game with Maribor on Wednesday. ‘Sadio had a clearing session before he comes back to training and that was good as I understand. He now has a down day and on Thursday he should be in training.’
He continued: ‘Adam will be part of team training during the international break. ‘Both are in a good way but not good enough to involve them tomorrow or at the weekend.’
There are fitness concerns surrounding Dejan Lovren and Philippe Coutinho ahead of tomorrow’s game at Anfield, with neither playing at the weekend, but both could feature on Wednesday.
‘Both are much better but if they will be okay for tomorrow night I don’t know in this moment,’ said Klopp. ‘We will have to see. In this moment I hope for both to be involved in training session at 5pm. ‘If they don’t train, in Dejan’s case, it won’t mean immediate he can’t play.’
On Coutinho he added: ‘To be honest, it doesn’t look like, but yesterday he was on the pitch running. Everything looks good, but not sure. We’ll see.
‘We didn’t speak about him today so far, it’s quite early and there are still a few hours until we train tonight and a few hours until the game. If he is ready, he is playing. If not, not.’