Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has provided a positive update on Sadio Mane and Thiago’s availability for the derby clash with Everton this weekend.
Klopp says that the pair have been back in training for almost a week and they have looked good, hinting at their possible inclusion in the squad/team.
Mane and Thiago both tested positive for Covid-19 prior to the 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa but could now be back in contention to play against Everton.
Speaking to Liverpool’s website, Klopp gave an update on Mane and Thiago’s availability. “We all learn on a daily basis about it. They are in training for five or six days [now].
“Then, of course, we assess that every day. We have our specific measurements, how we do it with heart rate and how we can measure if they are more fatigued than usual and stuff like this.
“They both looked really good, to be honest. We are very close with the doctors and we don’t want to – and would never – risk anybody.
“Usually in these cases, in at least the last three, four of five days of the quarantine the boys are already ready. They cannot come out of quarantine, but they are on treadmills, on the bike and these kind of things so when they start training again it is not that they start from nil. They have still a proper shape, so it should be fine.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
This news could be a huge boost to Liverpool going into the game against Everton. Mane has had a strong start to the Premier League season and his presence in the forward line could boost their chances of coming away from the match with all three points. Mane has scored three goals in three games and bagged two crucial goals in the 2-0 win away at Chelsea. This shows the impact Mane can have on Liverpool’s results and having him in the starting XI could be key.
Thiago is yet to start a game for Liverpool, but his performances throughout his career suggest that he could improve the team once he gets a run of minutes. He has an impressive career WhoScored rating of 7.51 and averaged a score of 7.47 in the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich last season. This suggests that he could be a valuable player for Liverpool and could perform to a high standard if given a chance in the XI against Everton this weekend.
So, the pair coming back could improve Liverpool’s chances and give Klopp more options to pick from when selecting his team. Hopefully, Thiago and Mane can start and prove that they are the key players they appear to be on paper with strong performances in a win against the Toffees.