Massive boost as Sadio Mane and Danny Ings returns ahead of pre-season trip to Germany

Liverpool have been boosted by the return of Sadio Mane and Danny Ings to pre-seson training following lengthy injury spells.

Mane sustained a knee injury in the Reds derby at Anfield in April and subsequently underwent surgery, forcing him to miss the remainder of the Red’s season.

Igns, who joined Liverpool on a free transfer in 2015, has been sidelined since October of last year picking up a second knee problem in as many seasons.

But after missing the Merseyside’s trip to Hong Kong for the Premier League Asia Trophy, the pair are now ready to re-join their team-mates in full training.

Emre Can also returned to Melwood for pre-season testing at the weekend after extended lead following his involvement in Germany’s Confederations Cup victory in Russia, while new signing Andrew Roberstson will train with his new team-mates for the first time after completing his £8m move from Hull.

The Reds fly out to Germany on Wednesday for a training camp and three friendlies against Hertha Berlin, Bayern Munich and either Atletico Madrid or Napoli and Robertson is likely to get his first outing on Friday in Berlin as first-choice left-back James Milner returned from the Far East with a minor thigh problem.

“Early assessments show that Milner’s problem is not serious but he will complete a specific training programme this week in order to manage his availability to Jurgen Klopp before rejoining his team-mates in their full pre-season schedule,” read a Liverpool statement.

Captain Jordan Henderson admits he has had to learn how to deal with injury frustration after a foot problem saw him miss the final three months of the season.

Henderson has played in all four friendlies to date and is looking forward to the new season.

“I can’t remember the last time I had a full pre-season so hopefully this one I can stay injury-free, complete pre-season and be feeling good,” he told liverpoolfc.com.

“Hopefully that will stand us in good stead going into the new season.

“As a player, you want to be back as quickly as possible and you might go through a bit of pain and a bit of discomfort just to get back out there, but sometimes that isn’t ideal and it could make it worse.

“That’s another thing I’ve learned probably over the last few months: sometimes you’ve got to listen to your body and not push yourself too much if there’s some pain.”

Facebook Comments

Bertrand Francois is the editor of Football Weeks. An experienced online and print journalist, Jamie has worked for IRAIW, Arsenal Presser, Soccerlens and countless other media sources over the years. He is from Republic Du Benin and lives in the busiest town Cotonou. – Facebook and Twitter