Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp provides welcome injury update on Sadio Maneby Metro Sport Reporter
Sadio Mane is ready to return for Liverpool at Norwich on Saturday after missing the last four matches with a hamstring injury.
The 27-year-old limped out of Liverpool’s win over Wolves on 23 January during the first half and has since missed Premier League matches with West Ham and Southampton and both FA Cup clashes against Shrewsbury.
The winter break came at a good time for the Reds, though, and Mane is back in training ahead of the trip to Carrow Road on Saturday and the return to Champions League action at Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.
There was further good news from manager Jurgen Klopp on Friday, as he also confirmed the return of James Milner, who has been out since 5 January with a hamstring problem of his own.
‘Millie and Sadio are back,’ said Klopp. ‘When they are back you consider them immediately.
‘Apart from (Xherdan) Shaqiri, (Nathaniel) Clyne and (youth team striker, Paul) Glatzel, all the players are in training.
‘We have some good options. Hopefully it stays like this for the rest of the season.’
The news is ominous for Norwich, with the Premier League’s bottom side welcoming an almost full strength Reds side to Carrow Road.
The two sides met in the opening game of the season and Liverpool ran out 4-1 winners at Anfield in an entertaining and incredibly open game.
Klopp was impressed by the Canaries and likes his compatriot Daniel Farke’s style of management.
‘This league is so strong but I really admire their principles,’ Klopp said of Norwich. ‘This game [in August] is a good example for their season, good football, super coaching, you can see it all.
‘They caused 95% teams problems. This club really sticks together and in a good moment.
‘Nobody has questioned Daniel Farke because he is a super coach. I was in a similar position at Mainz. You need a plan for tomorrow, next few months and next few years, it looks like they have that.
‘We have to think about it and it was a warning for us at the time.’