By Derek Smithson
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that attacker Sadio Mane is set to return to training with the rest of the squad imminently.
The 25-year-old has been sidelined with a knee injury since being forced off in the Merseyside derby back on 1 April.
He was still named the club’s player of the year despite the lengthy absence through injury and enjoyed a brilliant first campaign at Anfield.
Klopp has explained that he expects the pacy winger to return to the side for training this week and revealed his delight about his return.
“The plan is for Sadio to start team training this week,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo. “He trained on Friday for the first time with the little team – six players – at home.
“Everybody is positive that he’s there and finally we can use Sadio again which will be great. He’s been out for so long. After a crazy long time, it will be so good to have him back.”
Mane slotted perfectly into the Liverpool system last year and was an ever-present on the right flank.
The Senegal international made 29 appearances across all competitions, scoring 13 goals and supplying eight assists in return.
He will now hope to regain his starting position and could face competition from summer signing Mohamed Salah for a slot.
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