Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is ready to unleash Sadio Mane from the wilderness of suspension for his side’s Champions League tussle with Spartak Moscow at the Otkrytiye Arena on Tuesday.
The Reds have been without Mane for their last three domestic matches following his red card in their clash against Manchester City earlier this month, a match which Pep Guardiola’s side won 5-0.
Klopp’s inclination to throw Mane into frontline action raises the prospect of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Mane, who have only shared a pitch for seven minutes so far this term, joining forces.
“He’s [Mane] back and available again, and if he’s available it makes sense to bring him in from the beginning, but we will see,” said Klopp, who also confirmed that Loris Karius will start in goal.
In a press conference which, at times, descended into farce due to microphone and interpretation problems, Klopp played down Liverpool’s interest in Holland forward Quincy Promes, who has scored nine goals for Spartak this term but is an injury doubt for tonight’s showdown.
“We already have a Dutch player [Georginio Wijnaldum] who knows him really well so obviously they are good friends but this is not the place to talk about this,” added Klopp. “He’s a good player but a Spartak player.”