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Sadio Mané Could Feature Against Burnley Despite Shoulder Injury

Jürgen Klopp did not rule the forward out, though his involvement remains doubtful.

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Last weekend was a lot of different things for Liverpool -- the start to a new season, an important win over Arsenal and a signal that the team can be competitive in a hectic race for the top four.

It was also a brilliant start to the Sadio Mané era, as the forward used his pace and dribbling ability to help the Reds to a 4-3 victory. His solo goal in the second half, which put the game away, was one of the best debut finishes in recent memory.

This week, Mané suffered a shoulder injury in training that threatened to derail that promising introduction. While a scan indicated that the injury was not serious, his status for this weekend's match against Burnley was called into question.

However, Jürgen Klopp refused to rule out Mané's potential involvement during his pre-match press conference.

"It was a situation, a challenge between two players up in the air, coming down and then Sadio fell on his shoulder but it's not that serious," Klopp told reporters. "In this moment, I have no idea if he could be available for the weekend or not, but I don't think it will take a long time. It would have been better without this situation, but things like this will always happen and you cannot avoid this."

"My job is to watch through the week who gives me which signs and then I will make the line-up," he added.

Though it remains unlikely that Mané will be rushed back with other attacking options available, the manager's assessment indicates that a return will be soon. That's good news for fans eager to see the budding star build on his excellent first impression at Liverpool.

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