Liverpool's Klopp: Sadio Mane looks fine to face Arsenal on Saturday

Jurgen Klopp reveals Sadio Mane ‘looks fine’ to take on Arsenal in Premier League clash on Saturday while Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson ‘have a good chance’ of playing at Anfield this weekend

  • Liverpool suffered from several injury scares during the international break
  • Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson all picked up recent knocks
  • Jurgen Klopp says Mane’s rib blow is ‘painful but fine’ as Arsenal come to Anfield
  • The Reds boss claims Robertson and Henderson have a ‘good chance’ of playing
  • Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal come to Liverpool in great form ahead of Saturday’s clash 

Jurgen Klopp has revealed Liverpool winger Sadio Mane ‘looks fine’ to take on Arsenal this weekend and that Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson could also play despite injury scares.

Mane picked up a rib injury while on international duty with Senegal but returned to  training in Merseyside this week ahead of their crunch match with the Gunners on Saturday. 

Klopp admitted that Mane’s injury was ‘painful’ for the forward but claimed the Senegalese winger only needed to be taken out of small sections of training.

Jurgen Klopp (left) believes Sadio Mane (right) ‘looks fine’ for Liverpool’s clash with Arsenal

Klopp revealed that Andy Robertson (left) and Jordan Henderson (right) could also feature

‘Sadio is fine – painful but fine,’ Klopp told the Liverpool official website. ‘Everybody who had a rib bruise knows it’s an annoying thing. But Sad trained here with us now in all sessions.

‘We took him out a little bit earlier here and there when we knew now it will be full contact, stuff like this, just to give it a bit more time to settle. But he looks fine.’

Mane has been a key player for Liverpool this season, scoring eight goals in 15 matches in all competitions, and will be a crucial component in the Liverpool starting line-up for the visit of in-form Arsenal. 

Mikel Arteta’s Gunners have not lost in the Premier League since the end of August and could overtake the Reds into the top four with a victory at Anfield. 

Klopp (left) welcomes Mikel Arteta’s (right) in-form Arsenal who have not lost in ten games

Liverpool’s preparations for the Arsenal clash have been hampered by injury scares to left-back Robertson and midfielder Henderson, who turned out for Scotland and England respectively in the international break just gone. 

Robertson picked up a hamstring tweak during Scotland’s victory over Denmark and came off with ten minutes to go in the World Cup qualifier, while Henderson pulled himself out of England’s clash in San Marino due to a series of injury issues. 

Klopp has confirmed that Robertson’s injury was simply delayed onset muscle soreness and while Henderson is a ‘little bit more’ injured than the left-back, both players have a chance of turning out against Arsenal on Saturday.  

‘Robbo was lucky, we can probably say,’ Klopp added. ‘It was a little bit DOMS, the intensity of all the games he played probably, rather than anything else.

Robertson (left) came off late on during Scotland’s World Cup qualifying win over Denmark

Henderson (left) is a ‘little bit more injured’ than Robertson, says Klopp, but has a good chance

‘He was smart enough to (make) the right decision, he went off early, which he usually is not doing. But in this case it was absolutely right, and so there’s a good chance that he can be involved at the weekend.

‘Hendo, a little bit more (injured) than Robbo but a chance for the weekend. So we are working on that. 

‘It’s not a serious injury but in this short period of time we have to see if he is ready for Saturday. But after that, 100 per cent, and possibly for Arsenal as well.’

Liverpool already have a long injury list which includes the likes of Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez and Harvey Elliott – alongside midfielders Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and James Milner. 

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