Jurgen Klopp draws Anthony Joshua comparison in criticism of Nations League

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Sadio Mane underwent hand surgery on Wednesday and appears likely to join Naby Keita on the sidelines, the midfielder having hurt his hamstring playing for Guinea.

Sadio Mane, who reportedly broke his left thumb on global duty for Senegal, underwent surgery on Wednesday, Liverpool confirmed.

Salah and Van Dijk withdrew from their national teams over the global break amid fitness concerns, but trained at Melwood on Thursday afternoon.

The Guinea worldwide picked up a hamstring injury in midweek and is expected to miss at least the next two weeks.

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Mane reportedly broke his thumb in training prior to his country's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan on Tuesday.

One player who looks ready to resume domestic action for Liverpool is Virgil van Dijk, who Klopp confirmed is in good condition.

Neither player took part in Thursday's session at Melwood, although James Milner did return to the track nearly two weeks on from hobbling off in the scoreless draw with Manchester City.

The 26-year-old returned to Merseyside for surgery, putting him in doubt for this weekend's Premier League trip to Huddersfield Town.

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And discussing his selection options ahead of facing Huddersfield and long-time friend David Wagner, Klopp said: "One-and-a-half weeks ago everybody was quite happy or satisfied with the situation; one-and-a-half weeks later, we miss a few players".

He said: "I have known Jurgen long enough, I know he loves to use smoke screens".

"Don't believe everything you read - I expect that most of his players will be on the grass on Saturday".

"Sometimes football writes some great stories and nobody knows what is going to happen on Saturday".

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