Klopp: Mane almost back in team training

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Sadio Mane is close to returning to team training, but will not join the team for their trip to Asia.

The 25-year-old's 2016/17 campaign was ended prematurely due to a knee injury that he picked up in April, but he is nearing full fitness once again.

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"He is really, really good. He is close; he is closing on coming back to team training," the German told the club's 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 under-23s will be here, so when he can start this [training] then we can use this opportunity, but we have to wait.

"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.

"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."

The Asia Trophy will see the Reds take on Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

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