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Sadio Mane returns to Liverpool training amidst injury speculation

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The international break is a stressful time for club managers as they watch their prized assets playing across the globe, crossing their fingers that they return without any injury issues.

Jurgen Klopp would have been crossing his harder than most after big money summer arrival Sadio Mane limped off an hour into Senegal's 2-0 win over Namibia on Saturday night with an apparent knee injury.


Having made an impressive start to life at Anfield since arriving from Southampton for £30 million, the last thing Liverpool needed was for Mane to be ruled out for any meaningful period of time. An update today, then, will provide much-needed relief, both for Klopp and supporters of the Merseyside club.

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According to The Telegraph, Mane has already returned to Liverpool's Melwood training ground and has reported "100 percent" fit.

Whilst Klopp, who had called Mane on Sunday to check on the winger's condition, may have already known the speculation about a knee injury was misguided, today's update will come as a big relief for Liverpool fans.

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Liverpool face a tough game against Leicester City this weekend and will have had Mane in mind for a big role as the club officially re-open Anfield after a summer of redevelopment.

In three appearances for his new club so far this season, the 24-year-old has scored one goal and set up another two, impressing in particular in Liverpool's season-opening 4-3 win over Arsenal.

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Indeed, the only game he has missed was the club's trip to Burnley that ended in a surprise 2-0 defeat.

The fact that there was so much concern when reports filtered through about a potential injury on international duty shows just how much of an impact Mane has already had on Merseyside.

Nevertheless, the Senegalese star's latest scare does come just a couple of weeks after a slight groin issue kept him out of the Burnley game as a precaution - a trend that is sure to be causing some concern amongst the Liverpool hierarchy considering the money invested in him over the summer.

Having escaped unscathed from their Mane injury scare, Klopp and co. will be hoping the rest of Liverpool's international players also return injury free over the next couple of days.

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Their England contingent managed to do just that following last night's last-gasp 1-0 win over Slovakia, with Adam Lallana proving the game-winner.

However, with Brazil not playing until the early hours of Wednesday morning UK time, it won't be time to relax until Liverpool fans see Philippe Coutinho back safe and sound.

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