It’s still the early days of the 2016-17 season, but so far, Liverpool look set to count on Sadio Mané more than perhaps any other outfield player for success this year. Which meant that it was very bad news when the attacker was taken off after 66 minutes in Senegal’s AFCON qualifier against Namibia over the weekend.
Fortunately for the club, the player has returned to England today and has joined training with his teammates—and he isn’t injured. This substitution in his country’s 2-0 victory on Saturday was to give Mané a rest in a game that Senegal, who have already qualified for the AFCON 2017, were on their way to winning.
According to The Liverpool Echo, it wasn’t just fans who were worried. Manager Jürgen Klopp was hearing the same injury reports as everyone else on Sunday, and the Liverpool boss called Mané up to check on his status. The news he learned was good, and Mané is back at Melwood today training ahead of Leicester.
Liverpool, with Mané involved, will face off against the defending champions on Saturday in the first game at a renovated Anfield after three league games and one EFL Cup tie on the road to kick off 2016-17. Following Saturday, they then head back on the road to face Chelsea in the league and Derby County in the cup.