Klopp confirms Liverpool injury blow; Mane could return

Date published: Friday 3rd November 2017 1:07

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Philippe Coutinho will be sidelined for Liverpool’s trip to West Ham.

Liverpool face the Hammers on Saturday, hoping to extend their winning run to three games and close the gap to the top four.

They must do so without the help of Coutinho, who still has an adductor problem.

“Phil is not available,” Klopp confirmed. “With the rest it will be close. Gini [Wijnaldum], not sure, it’s painful.”

Sadio Mane is in line to return at the London Stadium however, albeit as a substitute at best.

“Sadio trained with the team for first time yesterday and looked really good,” said the Liverpool manager. “We will see how he reacts. He looked like he is ready for 20 to 25 minutes.

“You have to wait until the last second to make the lineup.”

Klopp is open to the idea of Mane featuring for Senegal in the upcoming international break, but is wary of over-working him so soon after injury.

“We’re trying to get in touch with the Senegal FA,” he said. “Sadio is not injured anymore, but is he 100% fit? That’s different.

“If they get the point they need [for World Cup qualification] then maybe we can talk again so he can come back

“The ideal situation is that he doesn’t play the second game. If he can play for Senegal, I think he should – it’s good for his rhythm.”

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