International breaks have always been a nightmare for Premier League managers. And, the latest break has proved it once again, as Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is made to anxiously wait over the availability of his star forward Sadio Mane.
The German manager has admitted his concerns about the fitness of the Senegalese star, indicating that the next few days are “critical” in his recovery before Premier League gets back into action.
Mane has returned to the Merseyside after being released by his national side following a recurrence of his “old injury” during the World Cup qualifier with South Africa.
This is a major blow for the Reds because the 25-year-old returned to full fitness for the club only last week. The player was out of action for almost a month with a hamstring injury – incidentally, picked up during the last international break.
Mane completed 90 minutes for Senegal and helped his side seal their place in Russia next summer. However, his injury has now left him in major doubt for next weekend’s game at Southampton, his old stomping ground.
Liverpool are expecting the star at their Melwood base for assessment of his injury and Klopp is worried that any potential injury setback could derail his side’s hopes.
When asked about Mane’s fitness, Klopp was unwilling to commit to any prognosis and has expressed his worry following Mane’s international exploits with Senegal.
The Reds boss was quoted by Liverpool Echo:
“Specifically, on him returning to Melwood early to be with us; obviously it is a concern that the hamstring injury is again on the agenda and it will be critical for us to monitor and manage that in the coming days.
“At this stage we haven’t seen Sadio yet to properly assess the extent, but what is clear is that we will have to stay on top of this for the rest of the week and make sure we are careful in how we look after him.”
The Reds did everything they could to make sure that the player’s fitness was taken care of. It was reported earlier that the Reds sent their own set of doctors to work with the Senegal team to ensure that Mane’s fitness was at optimum levels.
Mane is hugely popular within the squad and among the Kop faithful for his exploits on the field. Klopp knows and understands the importance of Mane. He also acknowledges that representing Senegal is important for the forward.
“It should not be forgotten in Liverpool, either, how important it is to Sadio that he represents his country whenever he is fit enough to do so. He is so proud of his country and recognises what a role model he is for them.
It is really an anxious wait for Klopp and the fans, as Mane’s fitness is assessed before the weekend action. Let’s hope there is no long-term worry!
Liverpool in the race with Man United to sign 20-year-old promising Championship defender
The 20-year-old Englishman is predominantly a left-back but is comfortable when switched to operate as a centre-back.
Kelly has 18 Championship appearances for City this season and has even scored a goal. The Championship side lie 13th in the league as they try to push up for a playoff spot.
The report adds that Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the England U21 international. The youngster, who seems to be a player for the future, has also trained with the England senior squad under Gareth Southgate.
The report claims that we are looking to sign him in the winter window, but face competition from the trio of Premier League clubs.
The Reds have done well with some of their young players in recent years and Kelly could be one for the coming years. He could make a story similar to Joe Gomez at Anfield.
The latter joined us on the cheap from Charlton Athletic a few years ago and even made his senior debut as the left-back. However, he has now shifted to central defence and has been impressive for the Reds under Jurgen Klopp.
Gomez is out for a few weeks due to injury and hopefully, he comes back stronger as we look to continue our fantastic start to the season.
“We want to be as successful as possible” – Jurgen Klopp praises players after record-breaking start to the season
Jurgen Klopp has hailed the Liverpool players for their record-breaking start to the season. The Liverpool Echo reports that our tally of 42 points from 16 games is the best during this stage of a top-flight season.
We achieved that landmark with a 4-0 demolition job of Bournemouth on Saturday and moved to the top of the Premier League table after Chelsea’s win over Manchester City.
Klopp further gave all the credit for the feat to the players (h/t Liverpool Echo):
“I think I said a few years ago that we have to write our own history.
“It’s important but it’s not the most important thing in the world that we beat any team’s record from 30 years ago or whatever.
“The thing is that we want to be as successful as possible. Nobody knows what that means. This league is so difficult to play.”
The manager even had time to joke about the points tally we have achieved so far this season.
“To have 42 points, I usually had that in April, and now it’s December. That’s massive. It’s exceptional, and the boys deserve all the credit for that because they fight for each yard.”
Liverpool looked great in the win over the Cherries but it felt like we had more in the tank. There are a couple of tough matches coming up for the Reds as we face Napoli in the Champions League and Manchester United at the weekend.
We have to beat the Italians to make it to the next round of the European competition, and the pressure will be on to put Carlo Ancelotti’s men to the sword.
Klopp will already be planning the downfall of the Serie A side, and if we play to our potential, there could be a fantastic match at Anfield in midweek.
“It’s time for a change right now” – Former USA international urges Liverpool target to leave Bundesliga giants
Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic has been told that it is time for a change, with the January window around the corner.
The Liverpool Echo adds that the Reds have kept tabs on the 20-year-old and Chelsea are also interested in signing the winger.
Former United States international Alexi Lalas believes it is time for the winger to leave Dortmund for bigger things in the future.
“There are teams all over the world that would love to have Christian Pulisic right now. I think he’s done a great job in going over to Germany, he’s done a great job at Borussia Dortmund.
“But I think it’s time for a change right now for Christian Pulisic, and a change to an even higher profile team.”
The report adds that the American is out of contract in 2020 and should he refuse to extend his stay at Dortmund, the club could sell him in the coming window.
Liverpool could do with someone like Pulisic in their side, and he would certainly do well under his former boss Klopp.
The American is one of the bright players in the Bundesliga but hasn’t been great in the current campaign for Borussia Dortmund.
The youngster has been upstaged by Jadon Sancho, who is playing better than him at the moment.
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