Mane ‘an option’ for Liverpool’s Clash against Norwich, says Klopp

Home » Mane ‘an option’ for Liverpool’s Clash against Norwich, says Klopp

Sadio Mane is in contention for Liverpool’s Premier League Opener against newly promoted side Norwich on Friday night.

The Senegal international returned to Melwood training ground on Monday and Klopp says he looked “fit” in training ahead of Norwich visit.

“Yesterday was the first session with the team because Monday he (Mane) came in about four o’clock or so when we’d already left and Tuesday the team was off and he had his individual session,” Klopp told reporters in a pre-match conference on Thursday.

Asked whether Mane could start, he replied: “Yes. He had only two weeks off, so he didn’t lose a lot and that’s the good news.

“He looks fit. Yes, he is an option.

“He [was] now with the team for the first time and looks absolutely OK, in good spirits and looking forward to it.

“So, yes, he’s an option but we will see.”

Klopp also addressed questions regarding Naby Keita’s progress following the player’s recovery from an injury he sustained during the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.

Keita joined the Reds last summer but his debut season was a stop start. However, the manager believes the Guinea international can become an influential figure for Liverpool this campaign.

“For all of us and for him as well,” Klopp replied to a question about whether the upcoming campaign represents a ‘big opportunity’ for the no. 8.

“He was unfortunately injured again after the Africa Cup of Nations so he is training now for two weeks.

“[There was] ups and downs last year: could train, could not train, could train, could not train so he still is building the 100 per cent fitness of course, but yes it’s not only for him, it’s for Ox the same – like a fresh start even when he had a couple more games before he got injured.

Klopp ‘positive’ about VAR use in Premier League

Elsewhere, the VAR will be used for the first time in the Premier League in the match between Liverpool and Norwich, and the German is very positive about its introduction.

“It looks really interesting and it looks safe, as much as you can be safe when human beings are involved. That’s how it is,” Klopp said.

“But a lot of things will be clear; I think with offside we will not have a lot of problems because that will be extremely clear and all the other things are still interpretation, but that’s normal. I saw it can be pretty quick in the decision-making.

“And in the stadium I think it will be fine. Yes, there are moments when a team is celebrating and somebody is telling them it was a bit too early, but these things are part of the deal. Apart from that, I’m very positive about it.”


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