The efforts of Liverpool to get Sadio mane home from the Africa Cup of Nations as soon as possible were thwarted by red tape, to further complicate their readiness for the decisive game at home against Chelsea on Tuesday.
The club sent a private jet to Gabon on Sunday after exit of Senegal from the competition, but problems with the flight delayed arrival mane back home until Monday evening, meaning he missed training.
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There’s good news for Liverpool fans when it was confirmed that the date of the court’s Roberto Firmino has been postponed for 24 hours, clearing the way for the forward to be available. Brazilian legionary was initially set to the magistrates of the court meeting Tuesday on charges of driving on Christmas eve.
Liverpool will have another training session on Tuesday and Klopp will decide whether to include the mane, the best quality replacement. The player was distraught after missing the critical penalty in the 5-4 penalty kick quarterfinal defeat by Cameroon.
Asked when will be available, Klopp said: “I don’t know for sure. The club has done an outstanding job to bring him as soon as possible to return, and he is now on his way. We thought that was yesterday: we had a plane, but he was not allowed to go on the plane so we had to wait.
“He’ll be here tonight, but I talked to him and all is well so far. It will be tomorrow morning, and we have to make a decision. We need to look into the eyes and see all that is possible.”
In the absence of a mane his Last game was the 2-2 draw at Sunderland on January 2 – Liverpool have won only once (against the League two club Plymouth Argyle in the replay of the FA Cup) in seven games and scored only five goals.
The return of the 24-year-old player is seen as the immediate solution to the same problems that affected them in January. Klopp very happy joint-top club scorer this season, but don’t load too many expectations on him.
“It was a strange situation in Senegal the game against Cameroon and I would not for one second he missed a penalty at the end, but it turned out that he returns,” he said.
“He’s a quality player. It’s easier if he’s in the team and around the team, than when you don’t have it. This is true. But that doesn’t mean he can decide the outcome of the game independently, or should we expect that.”