Liverpool injury news: Key duo returns to training ahead of Norwich City clash


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Following the cancellation of Manchester City’s clash with West Ham United on Sunday, the Premier League leaders could go 25 points clear at the top of the table with a victory on Saturday.

Sadio Mane and James Milner have both returned to full training ahead of Liverpool’s clash with bottom-of-the-table Norwich City this coming weekend.

The Premier League leaders have been handed the chance to go 25 points clear at the top of the table following the cancellation of 2nd placed Man City’s clash with West Ham on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s men were forced to hang their boots as Britain’s ‘storm of the century’ caused heavy rains and winds up to 100mph across the country.

The Reds ran out as 4-1 winners the last time they locked horns with Daniel Farke’s men, as goals from Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi helped them to a comfortable victory in both the sides’ Premier League opener in early August.

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Liverpool-based journalist Jack Sear has claimed on his Twitter account that the duo resumed full training with the rest of the squad on Monday.

The duo’s return to full fitness will no doubt be a shot in the arm for the Liverpool side that is yet to lose a single game in the Premier League all season.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have won 24 out of their 25 games in the league this term, with only 6 victories separating them from the club’s first league title in 30 years.

The Reds’ sixth game, including their weekend trip to the Carrow Road, is against former manager Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace at Anfield on March 21.

However, provided the Reds keep on recording victories and Man City once again slip up, they could be declared Premier League champions as early as 7 March.

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The Senegal international succumbed to a muscle injury during Liverpool’s nervy 2-1 victory over Wolves at the Molineux stadium last month.

Mane’s injury forced the winger to miss his club’s victories over West Ham and Southampton in the league, as well as the two FA Cup clashes with Shrewsbury.

While his side didn’t make it look like they missed his presence – the Reds scored 9 goals in the 4 matches they played without him – Klopp and his men know that the 27-year-old’s return has come ahead of a crucial fixture period.

After their weekend clash with the Canaries, the Reds will travel to Madrid to face Diego Simeone’s Atletico next midweek. They then face two easy-looking games against West Ham and Watford, after which a stern test awaits them in the shape of Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.

It will then be followed by a trip to Anfield by Bournemouth following which the Reds will welcome Atletico Madrid for their 2nd leg of the Champions League quarter-final. Given that all these games will come thick and fast, the return of Mane couldn’t have come at a better time for the reigning European champions.

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