Liverpool boosted as 26-year-old star returns for UCL clash while AS Roma will miss two key players

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he expects forward Sadio Mane to be “fine” for the second leg of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final against Roma.

The Senegal international was left out of the Reds’ squad for the goalless draw with Stoke City on Saturday afternoon due to a minor injury.

Having given Mane the day off for the lacklustre home draw against Stoke, Klopp is now confident that his 18-goal attacker will play a part at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday evening.

“Sadio didn’t play, so he will be fine for Wednesday,” he told reporters after the match.”

Asked for an update on the knocks sustained by Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez, Klopp added: “Since the third minute, it wasn’t perfect. I’ve met the docs, we will see what happens in the next two or three days. Like always after games, you have knocks here and there.

“Hendo obviously twisted his ankle but could carry on, so that’s rather a good sign than a bad sign. But it’s not the longest break in the world until Wednesday, so we will see.

“Joe got an early knock as well, twisted his ankle as well a little bit, we will have to see about that. Trent has a dead leg. There was contact there. He was limping from that moment on.”

Meanwhile, Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco has revealed that midfielder Diego Perotti is expected to miss around two weeks with a suspected sprained ankle.

The 29-year-old picked up the injury during the first leg of the Giallorossi’s Champions League semi-final defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday night.

Kevin Strootman also sustained a knock at Anfield and is seen as a doubt for the return fixture in five days’ time, with the Dutchman sitting out Saturday’s meeting against Chievo.

Perotti netted a late penalty for the Italian side to just about keep the last-four tie alive, adding to Edin Dzeko’s strike from four minutes beforehand to make it 5-2.

Roma are third in the Serie A standings ahead of their home match with Chievo, level on points with Lazio in fourth.