Liverpool to closely monitor Sadio Mane's hamstring injury after returning from duty with Senegal
Posted: 14 November 2017 Time: 13:12
Jurgen Klopp says Sadio Mane will be monitored very closely this week after returning to Liverpool with a recurrence of his hamstring strain.
The striker initially suffered the injury while on international duty in October before returning a fortnight ago for the Reds’ 4-1 win over West Ham, only to suffer a relapse during the recent round of FIFA fixtures.
Mane has since returned to Melwood for further medical treatment, although indications are he will not be risked for Saturday’s Premier League visit of Southampton [17h00 kick off].
"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," Klopp told Liverpool's official website.
"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."