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Liverpool Handed Huge Injury Boost Ahead Of Leicester Clash

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - JULY 20: Sadio Mane of Liverpool during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Huddersfield Town and Liverpool at the Galpharm Stadium on July 20, 2016 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Liverpool face Premier League champions Leicester City this weekend, and the good news for them is that arguably their best player this season will be available.

When Sadio Mané came off in the 66th minute of Senegal’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Namibia at the weekend, there were major concerns that he had picked up a serious knee injury.

In fact, so concerned were Liverpool as to his condition that Jurgen Klopp personally phoned the forward to check on him, as reported by the Telegraph.

Senegal's Sadio Mane (R) vies with Namibia's Wangu Batista-Gome (L) during the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualification football match between Senegal and Namibia on September 3, 2016 in Dakar. / AFP / SEYLLOU        (Photo credit should read SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Thankfully, Mané assured his manager that he was fine, and the 24-year-old returned to training in Melwood this morning as normal.

Mané, a £34m signing from Southampton in the summer, has been fantastic in Liverpool’s start to the season so far. In the three games he has played so far for the side, he was a genuine contender for man-of-the-match in all three – Liverpool’s one defeat, a 2-0 loss to Burnley, was a match in which the side felt his absence massively.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 15:  (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp Manager of Liverpool and Sadio Mane of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on July 15, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Paul Joyce of the Express has reported that Klopp has since asked all of his players to call both him and Liverpool’s medical staff to update them on any injury concerns they might have.

In other Liverpool injury news, Emre Can will be assessed later this week but he looks set to miss out on their first game at Anfield this season.

Ragnar Klavan, meanwhile, is likely to be fit but is almost certain to sit on the bench with Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip given the chance to build on their partnership.

Loris Karius is still recovering from a broken hand (though is believed to be ahead of schedule), while Joe Gomez remains on the long-term injury list.

Mamadou Sakho could be passed fit to play, but whether the French international actually has any involvement in the game is another matter entirely…

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