The list of injured players in the Liverpool squad is set to extend with key player Sadio Mane aggravating his hamstring injury.
Mane played a key role in Senegal’s crucial 2-0 qualifier win over South Africa that books his nation a place in the World Cup, but complained of discomfort afterwards.
Senegal agreed to return the 25-year-old to Liverpool for further treatment while issuing a statement confirming that Mane had suffered a slight recurrence of “an old injury”.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be anxious to have Mane back as Liverpool face important fixtures including a Champions League trip to Sevilla on 21 November and hosting Chelsea arrive on 25 November.
“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,” Klopp said. “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.”
“All I can really say with certainty is that we will assess Sadio as soon as he lands back in the country and make decisions on what rehab and treatment gives him the best chance of being back fit and strong for the important fixtures we have coming.”
Another player adding to Liverpool’s injury woe is Nathaniel Clyne, who has suffered another injury setback that is likely to keep him out of action until February.
Clyne had already been left to endure a miserable campaign after sustaining a back injury in a pre-season game in July, and will now spend up to three more months out recovering from a minor operation.
The right-back started running again at Melwood in September with Jurgen Klopp calling his progress encouraging but the 26‑year‑old has had surgery which will delay his return further.