Liverpool forward Sadio Mane
Thursday Jul 13, 2017. 14:00
Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp is happy with Senegal international Sadio Mane's progress as he continues to recover from a knee operation.
The 25-year-old forward recently began light training with the English Premier League (EPL) giants after missing the end of the 2016/17 season.
The Reds will travel to Hong Kong, Asia for pre-season Premier League Asia Trophy and the club head coach Klopp provided an update regarding the player.
"He is really, really good. He is close; he is closing on coming back to team training," Klopp told the club's official website.
“In this moment, we think it will be when we are in Asia, so then it makes no sense to take him to Asia because he needs to then do the first steps in kind of team training.
"We will see how we can do it; maybe [some of] the U23s will be here, so when he can start this [training] then we can use this opportunity, but we have to wait," he added.
“On Tuesday morning he was part of the running, so he is first-team training if you want and that looked really good.
"I think he is getting better, but it is how it is after a long time – you need to build a little bit of muscle again in the quad and thigh, which is important," he continued.
“There is no risk with him because he is a naturally fit boy and in the moment when he can start to be a real part of the sessions.
"He will then immediately be fit again. We have not all the time in the world, but we have time and we will use it.”