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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Klopp: Mane is so close to full Reds training

 

Sadio Mane.
Sadio Mane.

Forward Sadio Mane will miss Liverpool's pre-season trip to Hong Kong for the Premier League Trophy as he continues his recovery from a knee operation.

The Senegal international scored 13 Premier League goals last season despite spending most of January at the African Nations Cup before his season was prematurely ended on April 1 when he damaged his knee during the Merseyside derby.

He began running with his team-mates on Tuesday as he begins to build up his fitness for the coming season and will most likely resume full training in the next week but is not ready for competitive matches yet and so will remain at Melwood when the squad fly out to Asia on Sunday.

"He is really, really good. He is close; he is closing on coming back to team training," manager Jurgen Klopp said.

"In this moment we think it will be when we are in Asia, so then it makes no sense to take him to Asia because he needs to then do the first steps in kind of team training."

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