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Boost for Liverpool as Mane recovers from coronavirus ahead of Everton trip

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has recovered from coronavirus ahead of Saturday's Merseyside derby against Everton.

The 28-year-old tested negative for the virus, 10 days after he went into self-isolation to treat himself.

Mane missed the Reds' last two matches, a League Cup loss to Arsenal and their 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa on October 4, but he is now back in contention for their trip to Goodison Park to face Carlo Ancelotti's side, who sit at the summit of the table.

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The 2019 African Footballer of the Year expressed his excitement after linking up with his teammates at Melwood as he hopes to extend his tally of three goals on his fourth league appearance.

"Happy to be back. Alhamdoulilah," he wrote on Instagram.


Happy to be back 💪💪alhamdoulilah❤️

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The coronavirus infection forced Mane out of Aliou Cisse's Senegal squad which suffered a 3-1 loss against Morocco in Rabat last Friday.

Their second friendly match against Mauritania in Thies was cancelled on Tuesday after eight members of the Mauritania camp tested positive for Covid-19.

Aside from Mane, Cameroon defender Joel Matip and new signing Thiago Alcantara have also recovered from their respective medical challenges.

Matip suffered muscle strain after playing a minute of football in Liverpool's 4-3 win over Leeds United on the opening day while Thiago has returned a negative test for coronavirus.

Liverpool are fifth on the Premier League table with nine points after four matches, three points behind their Merseyside neighbours who have maintained their 100 per cent start to the campaign.