Saturday, 17 April 2021 07:53 GMT

Liverpool boss Klopp back at training after health scare

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Liverpool have been besieged by fitness dramas as they prepare to face Southampton in the Premier League at Anfield on Saturday, with even Jurgen Klopp not immune.

The manager was forced to miss training on Wednesday, having had a series of checks at a local hospital after complaining of feeling unwell.

He was cleared to go home that evening and returned to work on Thursday, but it is not clear what caused the illness, with the club declining to give any further details.

It is not the first time Liverpool's manager has suffered with ill health during his two years in charge at Anfield.

The German missed a home match against Sunderland in February 2016 as he had an emergency operation for appendicitis. On that occasion, assistants Peter Krawietz and Zeljko Buvac took charge of the team, but Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino is hoping Klopp will be fit to take his place on the bench this weekend. "His importance to me is quite huge," Firmino said.

"He helps me in the daily training sessions and I've learned a lot with him. He's been obtaining the best from me, the maximum possible."

"He's an exceptional manager and I'm honoured to work with him." Klopp's health scare came two days after it was confirmed that right-back Nathaniel Clyne, a former Southampton player, who has not played this season, will be out until February after an operation to for a back problem.

Forward Sadio Mane has also had injury problems and returned early from international duty with Senegal after aggravating a hamstring complaint.

Mane, another former Southampton player, originally suffered the injury while playing for his country last month, missing five Liverpool games.

After returning in a 4-1 Premier League victory at West Ham United, Mane was allowed to join up with Senegal again, helping them qualify for next year's World Cup as they beat South Africa 2-0 in Polokwane.

But he complained of discomfort after the match and has been recovering on Merseyside since then.

While Mane waits to discover if he will be fit, there is better news for captain Jordan Henderson.

Henderson has recovered from a thigh injury that forced him to miss the win at West Ham, as well as England's friendlies against Germany and Brazil during the international break.

Midfielder Adam Lallana, who has not played since suffering a thigh injury in pre-season, is also back in full training and could also face his former club.


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