Mane misses Liverpool’s Asia trip

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Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Sadio Mane will not travel to Hong Kong for Liverpool’s participation in the Premier League Asia Trophy.

Mane suffered a knee injury in April which brought a premature end to his first season at Anfield.

The 25-year-old is nearing a return to full fitness, but will not be involved in Liverpool’s Asia Trophy pre-season encounters – beginning with a clash against Crystal Palace on July 19.

"He is really, really good. He is close, he is closing on coming back to team training," said Klopp.

"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.

"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."