The forward helped his country qualify for their first World Cup finals in 16 years after their 2-0 win over South Africa in Polokwane on Friday but will not now be involved in the return fixture on Tuesday after saying he was “slightly feeling” the same injury that ruled him out of five club fixtures earlier this season.
“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,” said Klopp. “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.”
Mané suffered the original injury during Senegal’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Cape Verde in October and Liverpool, who face Southampton on Saturday, have struggled without his goalscoring threat.
“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,” added Klopp, who also congratulated Senegal on their qualification for Russia 2018.
“There has been really strong communication between ourselves and the Senegal team management to ensure the player is properly protected and looked after. We respect how important he is for Senegal and therefore it must always be the case that they get to make the decision when he is under their care.
“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.”
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