Sadio Mane 'looked so good' in training this week that Jürgen Klopp could not leave the Liverpool forward out of his team to face West Ham United.
The No.19 returns to action for the Reds at London Stadium after a spell on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury picked up in the October international break.
Klopp had suggested at his pre-match press conference that Mane could be ready for ‘20/25 minutes’ – but admitted ahead of kick-off that the Senegal star showed much more at Melwood.
“He should be ready for more than 25 minutes,” said the boss.
“It looked so good and he has worked really hard. It was the first time training [with the team this week] but he did a lot in all of the other sessions.
“He could have trained earlier – it was only because we were not there that he could not train with us. He has been in normal training for around about a week – so we let him start.”
A thigh injury suffered in training on Friday ruled Jordan Henderson out of the Premier League clash with West Ham United.
The Liverpool captain was set to take his place in Jürgen Klopp’s starting XI for the game at London Stadium – but, on advice from the club’s medical team ahead of kick-off, Henderson was left out of the squad.
“Yesterday we started training with Hendo and he felt a little bit in his thigh after training,” the manager explained.
“We took him with us here and I thought he could play this morning. I talked to the medical department and – how it always is – Hendo wanted to play, but the medical department said the risk is too big.
“So he’s not even on the bench, that’s not cool for us but we cannot change it.”
Sadio Mane returns to the starting line-up for Liverpool in this evening’s Premier League clash with West Ham United.
The forward makes his first appearance since October 1 after recovering from a hamstring injury and is included in Jürgen Klopp’s XI at the London Stadium.
Elsewhere, Georginio Wijnaldum has shaken off an ankle issue to start against the Hammers as the Reds make three changes from Wednesday’s win over Maribor, with Joe Gomez also handed a berth.
Jordan Henderson is ruled out with a thigh injury, so Simon Mignolet takes the captain’s armband.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Mane, Firmino.
Subs: Karius, Lovren, Milner, Sturridge, Grujic, Solanke, Alexander-Arnold.
Rafael Camacho scored twice as Liverpool U18s produced a superb away performance to beat West Ham United 6-0 in the U18 Premier League Cup on Saturday.
Glen McAuley, Curtis Jones, Tom Clayton and Liam Millar were also on the mark as Steven Gerrard's side made it two successive wins in Group D.
Reflecting on the win, Gerrard told Liverpoolfc.com: "We started pretty strongly and West Ham weren't comfortable in possession and we pressed them really well.
"Glen got our first goal with a tap-in and the second was an individual effort from Rafa when he cut inside from the left and curled one into the roof of the net with his right foot. It was a great finish.
"Tom got our third goal when he connected with a ball played in across the face of goal. I've been absolutely delighted with Tom since he's come back from injury. He's been brilliant.
"I said to the lads at half-time, even though we are 3-0 up I was disappointed with them because we could have gone in winning by four, five or even six goals.
"We were that strong and that dominant, I thought we were a level above West Ham, but I felt we needed to be more clinical and ruthless and really put teams to the sword.
"I had a little go at them at half-time because it's about standards and not easing off the gas, because against better sides we might get punished.
"The lads responded really well in the second half. Rafa scored again with a great free-kick that he curled over the wall and into the corner of the net.
"Curtis got our fifth goal after great work from Glen. He could have scored himself but he unselfishly gave the ball to Curtis to score.
"I took Curtis off to give him a rest and Liam came on to make it 6-0 with an individual effort.
"I don't think West Ham could have complained if we had scored eight, nine or even 10! We were that dominant and we were a level above.
"Overall, I'm pleased with the performance and the clean sheet, but the message from today is we need to be a bit more ruthless and clinical, even though it was 6-0."
Liverpool U18s: Jaros, Sharif, Tagseth, R Williams, Glennon (Hunter), Clayton, Longstaff (Larouci), Dixon-Bonner, McAuley, Jones (Millar), Camacho.
Liverpool U23s will hope to return to winning ways when they host Bristol City in the Premier League Cup at Chester on Sunday afternoon.
After last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Leicester City in Premier League 2, Neil Critchley's side are raring to go again and are aiming to start another unbeaten run.
The young Reds were held to a 1-1 draw away at Charlton Athletic in their opening game in the Premier League Cup, while Bristol City started their campaign with a 3-1 win over Stoke City.
After home and away clashes with each team in the group, the top two will progress to the knockout stage.
Where is the game being played? The tie is taking place at the Swansway Chester Stadium, home of Chester FC, with kick-off set for 1pm GMT.
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View from the player, Corey Whelan
"It was devastating to lose to a last-minute goal against Leicester City last weekend. We were disappointed with the two goals we conceded and we will try to make sure that doesn't happen again.
"Leicester were very tough to play against and it was a different type of challenge to the one we face on a regular basis, but we will take a lot from this game going forward.
"We can't wait for Sunday's game now and we'll try to bounce back to winning ways. We've done very well as a group so far this season and we are striving to do even more and keep working as hard as we possibly can."
Liverpool Ladies are in action on Sunday afternoon when they face a tricky away tie at Durham Women FC in the Continental Cup.
Scott Rogers' side put Sheffield FC Ladies to the sword in their opening group game when they racked up an impressive 6-0 scoreline.
And the Reds will go into this tie full of confidence after getting back to winning ways in the Women's Super League last weekend, Natasha Harding netting a hat-trick in a 4-1 victory at Sunderland.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of the Continental Cup fixture...
Where is the game being played? The match is at New Ferens Park, with kick-off set for 12pm GMT.
How can I watch the game? Click here for ticket details on the Durham Women FC website.
View from the manager, Scott Rogers
"Durham will pose a tough threat and this is potentially a very difficult game for us. I've watched quite a bit of footage on Durham but I will make sure we treat them with the same respect we treat any team. From what I've seen they are a very good side. They have a tag of being a direct side but they seem to like to play football and try and play the right way.
"They are extremely physical and good at set-plays so this will be a decent side we are up against. They are the best side in WSL 2, which is the biggest compliment I can give them. If we underestimate them and don't perform to our standards this could be a tricky game, so if we can play to our normal standards and defend well then I'm sure we can get a positive result."
The form of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez has been a huge help to Jürgen Klopp in the absence of Nathaniel Clyne at right-back.
Clyne has yet to feature for Liverpool this season due to an ongoing back complaint, and the manager revealed on Friday that the England international has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation.
Chances have therefore been given to Alexander-Arnold and Gomez, who have clocked up eight and 11 appearances respectively and each impressed the manager with their calmness and assurance in the position.
“Joe and Trent have done really well,” said Klopp.
“They have improved a lot, both of them in different games. That’s why we don’t have to put pressure on [Clyne] in this situation.
“It’s fantastic and good for them that they don’t each have to play all the games because it would not be possible. Maybe for Joe a little more than Trent, but even for Joe it’s good he doesn’t have to play all the games like this.
“A normal rhythm is good for a footballer with one game a week. So far the way they have performed in this position is a big help for all of us.”
Klopp also expanded on the update during his pre-match press conference regarding a frustrating development in Clyne’s recovery.
“You cannot rush it. He’s here,” said the boss.
“He was in a good way, running with high intensity, stuff like this. But the muscle showed a little reaction. That was not an injury, and usually with a healthy and fit player you wouldn’t even think about it.
“But in his case because it was a little sign again from the back, we took him out and it’s a few steps back again.”
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Liverpool head into this evening's meeting with West Ham United nearing a milestone against the Londoners.
Read on to find out what goalscoring landmark the Reds could reach on Saturday, plus five more pre-match facts and figures from club statistician Ged Rea...
Liverpool are averaging exactly two goals per game from their nine away fixtures in league and cup this season.
In all competitions, they have netted 14 times in the last four home and away matches.
Last season, the Reds recorded their biggest victory at West Ham for 41 years when they ran out 4-0 winners.
That result represented the club's record 52nd victory at an away Premier League ground.
There has not been a top-flight draw between the clubs in the capital since December 2001. Since then Liverpool have won eight and lost four of their trips to face the Hammers.
The Reds are three goals short of recording 200 in league games against West Ham.
Mohamed Salah's scoring exploits have surpassed Jamie Carragher's expectations – and the Liverpool legend believes the forward could reach 25 goals this season.
In breaking the deadlock against Maribor on Wednesday night with a deft, angled flick at the Kop end, the summer signing achieved double figures in just his 16th appearance.
The goals have flowed from the very start of the campaign for the Egypt international and Carragher sees no reason why Salah cannot continue to add heavily to that haul.
“Of all the transfers last summer, none has had more impact than Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah,” the former Reds centre-back wrote in the Telegraph.
“When I saw Salah score his first for the club at Watford on the opening day, I felt this was a player who would score 15 this season. I underestimated. He is on schedule to get 25.
“The Egyptian is more than a traditional winger. He is a wide striker with the ability to get into goalscoring positions every time he plays.
“Just as with the signing of Sadio Mane in 2016, [Liverpool] have spent very well in bringing Salah back to England after his disappointing spell at Chelsea.”
Jürgen Klopp reported positive and negative team news ahead of Liverpool's Premier League fixture against a West Ham United side struggling with a growing injury list.
Sadio Mane could make a speedy return to action at the London Stadium on Saturday after a spell out due to a hamstring injury picked up during last month’s international break.
The Senegal forward has trained with the team at Melwood this week and, at his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon, Klopp provided an optimistic update on a potential comeback in the capital.
“We will see what we do with that,” said the manager. “Yesterday it looked like he is ready for at least 20/25 minutes.
“But we have to wait to see how his body reacts to the session because for him it was pretty intense; not because it was intense but because it was his first football session for a long time.”
Philippe Coutinho will not be involved at the ground where he scored twice last season, though. The No.10 is set to miss a third successive game with an adductor issue.
Elsewhere, Dejan Lovren (thigh) and Georginio Wijnaldum (ankle) are battling to be fit having sustained injuries at the home games with Huddersfield Town and Maribor respectively.
“We know that in weeks like this you have to wait until the last second to make the squad or the line-up,” explained Klopp.
For their part, the Hammers have been struck by a defensive crisis.
Pablo Zabaleta is suspended for this game after picking up his fifth yellow card of the campaign during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last weekend.
Meanwhile, Slaven Bilic is without four defenders due to injury. James Collins has been sidelined for a number of weeks, Jose Fonte picked up a knock at Selhurst Park, plus Sam Byram and Michail Antonio suffered muscle issues in training this week.
The Hammers can, however, call on the services of Aaron Cresswell and Winston Reid at the back.
“It doesn’t look great now in that area of the team,” said Bilic. “But we are in a position to have a good selection and put a good team out.”
Three of Liverpool's Premier League fixtures in January have tonight been rescheduled for television coverage.
The Anfield meeting with Manchester City has been moved to a 4pm GMT kick-off on Sunday January 14, and will be shown by Sky Sports.
The Reds’ trip to Swansea City has been re-arranged for 8pm on Monday January 22, with Sky Sports also broadcasting this match.
BT Sport will televise the away game against Huddersfield Town, which will now kick off at 8pm on Tuesday January 30.
Click here to view an updated fixture list.
Liverpool U18s are back in action on Saturday morning when they contest an away tie at West Ham United in the U18 Premier League Cup.
Steven Gerrard's side started Group D in fine style with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Middlesbrough and they will hope to continue that winning formula against the Hammers.
The young Reds will need to top their section - which also includes Sunderland - to ensure a place in the quarter-finals.
The two best second-placed teams in the six groups will also claim a last-eight berth.
Read on for all of the details you need about the U18s' next fixture...
Where is the game being played? The match is at West Ham's Little Heath training ground with kick-off set for 11am GMT.
How can I watch the game? Extended highlights will be available on LFCTV GO on Monday. Click here for details on how to sign up.
Last season head-to-head: The young Reds were held to a 1-1 draw by the Hammers in the end-of-season mini-league back in March. Okera Simmonds fired the U18s into the lead but West Ham snatched a draw courtesy of a 90th-minute penalty in Kirkby.
Liverpool FC have released the following update regarding ticket sales for the Premier League meeting with Brighton and Hove Albion to be played at the AMEX Stadium on Saturday December 2, 2017 kicking off at 3pm.
An extremely limited number of tickets remain for this fixture.
Tickets will be available online only from 11am until 1.45pm Monday November 6 to Season Ticket Holders, Official Members and Fan Card holders who attended five or more Premier League Away games from season 16-17.
Supporters can purchase one ticket per qualifying supporter for up to a maximum of FOUR tickets per transaction.
ONLY IN THE EVENT THAT TICKETS STILL REMAIN, tickets will be available online only from 2pm Monday November 6 to Season Ticket holders, Official Members and Fan Card holders who attended four or more Premier League Away game from season 16-17.
Supporters can purchase one ticket per qualifying supporter for up to a maximum of FOUR tickets per transaction.
Tickets purchased during these sales are subject to availability on a first come first served basis and no guarantee can be given that tickets will be available to all who apply.
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Check out the latest betting odds from BetVictor ahead of Liverpool's meeting with West Ham United at the London Stadium on Saturday evening.
None of Liverpool’s last 12 Premier League games against West Ham played in the capital have finished in stalemate. The Reds are 13/20 with BetVictor to take the points back to Merseyside on Saturday evening, with the Hammers 9/2 and a rare draw at 16/5.
Daniel Sturridge has been back among the goals in recent games and the Reds striker has a good record against the Irons, having scored five times in seven PL appearances against the East London outfit, including the opener in last season’s 4-0 win.
Sturridge is 19/5 to open the scoring and 37/40 to find the back of Joe Hart’s net at the London Stadium. Hart has conceded five more goals (29 in 17 games) against Liverpool than he has against any other club in the Premier League, so expect him to be busy again at the weekend.
And expect to see goals - the recommendation is Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 2/1 with BetVictor.
Liverpool have yet to decide upon who would assume responsibility should they be awarded a penalty at West Ham United on Saturday, Jürgen Klopp has revealed – though he has no concerns about his side’s prowess from 12 yards.
The Reds have had their last two spot kicks foiled, with Mohamed Salah and James Milner seeing their efforts saved against Huddersfield Town and Maribor respectively.
Indeed, Liverpool have missed their last four penalties at Anfield, but Klopp doesn’t believe it’s something to be overly concerned about.
“We have still to talk about it,” said the manager, when asked if he’d assigned a new taker.
“We had [one] before the last two games and that didn’t work, so maybe we should leave the question open and who feels best should take it.
“I really understand it’s a big story but in the past it is not to change. We will never try to get penalties, but when we have them in future we will score from the penalty spot, 100 per cent. We only have to make sure [we are] not getting this story all over the season because it’s a good opportunity to score when you have a penalty.
“The boys are all able to do it. As I said, Millie’s penalty was really, really good, but it was a brilliant save and that’s something we have to respect as well.”
Jürgen Klopp has hailed 'deserved' international call-ups for Liverpool pair Joe Gomez and Alberto Moreno.
Having only recently been appointed England U21 captain, versatile defender Gomez was included in the Three Lions' senior squad for the first time on Thursday.
Moreno, meanwhile, saw his impressive form the Reds this term recognised with his his first Spain call-up since 2014 a day later.
On Gomez, Klopp said: "Joe deserved it, he is a wonderful young player and made big steps in the last few weeks.
"He's ready for this, that's no problem."
And of Moreno, he added: "With Alberto, it's really nice, he deserved it as well.
"I think it is quite difficult to get a call from the Spanish national team, they have not a lot of weaknesses and not a lot of problems at left-back.
"Obviously they watched him and so far he was really consistent this season. It's nice, really nice."
While pleased for his full-back duo, Klopp admitted to feeling disappointed by the omission of both Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the England squad.
He added: "We heard about Alberto this morning and Joe Gomez we heard about yesterday and we were really happy but in the same moment Daniel Sturridge and Oxlade-Chamberlain are not in so you cannot celebrate one thing.
"It’s not our decision but if Gareth Southgate saw the last few games I think for sure he could have invited all three of them."
Jürgen Klopp today offered an update on the contract situation of Emre Can.
The Liverpool manager was asked about the midfielder's future during his press conference to preview Saturday's Premier League visit to West Ham United.
Klopp said: “There is nothing new, no new news, I would say. That’s how it is. I’ve said it a few times and it’s no problem to repeat it, I will say it again - it’s our job to make this club as exciting as possible, so that’s how it is. To sign a contract, he’s also allowed to sign a contract in May, even with a player who is already here.
“So I have no problem with that, I said it a lot of times, as long as Emre doesn’t give me one sign that his mind is somewhere else, I don’t have to talk about this. That’s a normal thing in football, so everything is OK from my side, but nothing new.”
When quizzed on whether he was 'concerned' about Can being able to discuss a move away from Anfield in January, the boss replied: “No. That’s then part of football as well. If it happens like this, we cannot change it.
“We try, if there’s a player out there with ending contract next summer and he’s good, what Emre obviously is, then we should try to do the same, so that’s an opportunity for all of us.
“It’s only one specific case. So what could I do now, I could now say, what it isn’t, ‘it’s a big problem we have to sort this now’. Put pressure on the player, put pressure on the club, [say] ‘people are not concerned anymore’ then they are angry?
“That makes absolutely no sense. We have to respect even an ending contact, it is like it is. There are two sides that could’ve done it differently, the club and the player, and now we have talked already too much about it. It’s just a normal situation.”
Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Sadio Mane returned to full training on Thursday – and admitted he was impressed by the forward’s condition following his hamstring injury.
The No.19 has not featured since October 1 for Liverpool at Newcastle United due to an issue picked up while on international duty with Senegal.
However, Mane took a step closer to a comeback yesterday by taking part in the Melwood session with his teammates, and Klopp was pleased with his fitness levels.
The manager told his pre-match press conference: “Sadio trained yesterday for the first time with the team and looked really, really good. We will see what we do with that.
“Yesterday it looked like he is ready for at least 20/25 minutes but we have to wait to see how his body reacts to the session because for him it was pretty intense; not because it was intense but because it was his first football session for a long time.
“He did really well, he obviously didn’t miss his abilities or skills during the injury break, so that’s good.”
If Saturday’s trip to West Ham United comes too soon for Mane’s return, he may feature in Senegal’s World Cup qualifying double header with South Africa.
The countries go head-to-head on November 10 and again four days later, with the Liverpool attacker named in his nation’s squad.
Asked about Mane’s call up, Klopp said: “Things are like they are, we cannot change that. We cannot sit here and ignore the situation of Senegal and say we don’t care if they play in the World Cup – that’s not nice and it’s not right.
“We will get into contact with Senegal FA and they have two games to play. Sadio is not injured anymore. Is he 100 per cent fit? That’s different, but he is on a good way and yesterday he looked really good. We will have to see what we do. If you see Sadio training, you are like, ‘OK…maybe we can use him!’ and maybe that’s the same for Senegal.
“He has to go there, then he has a few days’ training and if they can get the points they need [in the first game] then maybe we can talk again and ask them is it necessary [for him] to play the second game so he could come back. That would be the ideal situation but we cannot decide it; FIFA does not give the clubs the opportunity to decide when players play for their countries. They are clear rules and we respect them.
“In this specific case, it is good for his rhythm. I have no problem with our players playing for their national teams, it’s only that we need to know as much as possible about the circumstances, what they do in training and stuff like this. That’s really important for us.
“The games are always on different pitches, different surfaces, but the intensities are similar – but the training is different and that’s what I would love to have more influence on in the future. Not to tell them how to train, only to know about and react about. In Europe that is easier to be honest, but that’s how it is and it is no problem again.
“If Sadio can play I really think he should because it is good to get some rhythm, otherwise he would not have played for I don’t know how many weeks with the red card and then the injury. Then we play Southampton so it would be nice if he is in a kind of a rhythm.
“The injury risk is always there, even in training we cannot avoid that. I have no problem with him going to Senegal, but maybe we can talk again.”