Sadio Mane will miss Liverpool's clash against Leicester City on Thursday while Mohammed Salah could have a role, according to Jurgen Klopp.
Mane and Salah clashed in the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal beating Egypt on penalties. Mane scored the decisive penalty to lead the Lions of Teranga to the first-ever title and went on to console his clubmate on the defeat before joining celebrations with the rest of his teammates.
"Mo is now back, I spoke already to him. He is very disappointed of course, but looking forward to all the things coming up here now," Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.
"I spoke to him and pretty much the first thing Mo told me was: 'I’m ready.' Haha! He is an experienced player, he is a physical monster, to be honest, so we have to see."
"He will obviously have a little recovery session today and we will see how he feels tomorrow and from there we go.
"The proper plan we don’t have, play him as often and as long as possible is probably the plan, but we will not rush it. But if he is fine we will not leave him out for the wrong reasons as well, so let’s see."
When asked whether Salah could feature against Leicester, he said, "Yes, yes. Sadio no chance as he’s not even here, but Mo yes."
On Mane's return
"Sadio flies out if it’s possible on Wednesday night, so will arrive here on Thursday but he is, of course, then not involved in the Leicester game," the German added.
"It means the world to him, it means the world to his people, it means the world to Senegal and we respect that a lot and we would never consider having called back him from there or whatever – let them do what they do in the moment because they deserve it."
"They’ve had an incredibly intense time, so when he is back we will talk to him and we will see how we can use him."
The Reds are second on the log with 47 points, nine behind leaders Manchester City.
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