By Will Butcher
Speed merchant Sadio Mane has told manager Jurgen Klopp that he is 100 per cent fit after being substituted on international duty, according to a report.
The 24-year-old was taken off during Senegal’s 2-0 African Cup of Nations win over Namibia, with suggestions that the flying winger may have suffered a knee injury.
The Telegraph claim that Klopp was so worried that his club-record signing had suffered a serious injury that he phoned the former Southampton star personally.
However, Mane has allayed his manager’s fears and has confirmed that he will be available to face Premier League champions Leicester on Saturday.
Mane reported to training on Monday morning, with Liverpool eager to reassure fans that the former Southampton man is raring to go.
The 36-time international scored a stunning solo goal and was a key figure as Jurgen Klopp’s side defeated Arsenal 4-3 in their Premier League opener.
He has played two further games for the Merseyside giants, and picked up two assists in their 5-0 win over Burton in the EFL Cup.
He spent two seasons at Southampton before leaving, and in that time he scored 25 times in 75 games.
The Senegal international shone in the Premier League last season with 11 goals and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp decided he was worth big money to bring to Anfield. He’s settled in quickly to become one of their biggest threats of the new season.
In other Liverpool news, this former midfielder could make an Anfield return with West Brom.