Sadio Mane Nears Return To First-Team Action

Sadio Mane has handed Liverpool a huge injury boost, with the star having returned to training for the Premier League leaders.

Mane has missed their last two Premier League games against West Ham and Southampton after sustaining a small muscle tear against Wolves.

As new signing Takumi Minamino replaced him at Molineux last month, there were fears that he could be set for an extended spell on the sidelines.

However, the Senegal international posted a positive update on social media.

In a video shared on his Instagram story, the forward is seen dribbling through a series of cones before putting the ball into the back of the net at the club’s Melwood base.

The 27-year-old has remained at Melwood to focus on his rehab during the winter break and could be in contention to start against bottom-of-the-table Norwich on 15 February as they aim to extend their top-flight winning run to 17 games.

Mane has been instrumental in helping the Reds build a record 22 point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Liverpool, who haven’t been top dogs in England since 1990, have won 24 of their 25 league games this season.

They’ve picked up 100 points from the last 102 available to them, with their only dropped points in that period coming at Old Trafford against Manchester United last October.

The feel good factor at Anfield has continued in the FA Cup as their youngest-ever starting line-up beat Shrewsbury to book a fifth round tie at Chelsea.

That means they’re still in contention in three competitions, having already won the Super Cup and the Club World Cup.

Jurgen Klopp’s side got 97 points last term but somehow didn’t emerge victorious as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City pipped them by a point.

However, the agonising 30-year wait for a league title appears to be coming to an end as the Liverpool juggernaut continues to march on.


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