Klopp reveals chances of Salah, Mane playing for Liverpool on Thursday

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Mo Salah will be available to face Leicester City on Thursday but Sadio Mane has “no chance”.

The Reds have managed just fine without two of their star players, who last played for Liverpool in a 2-2 draw against Chelsea back on January 2.

Since then, Klopp’s side have won both their Premier League matches against Brentford and Crystal Palace, moved into the fifth round of the FA Cup and reached the final of the League Cup.

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Salah and Mane have both been on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Mane’s Senegal beating Salah’s Egypt on penalties in the final on Sunday.

And now Klopp has the latest news on the pair as they return to action for Liverpool.

“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 Liverpoolfc.com.

“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 if Salah could be involved against Leicester on Thursday, Klopp said: “Yes, yes. Sadio, no chance as he’s not even here, but Mo yes.

“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.

“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 to have 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.”


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