Sadio Mane Fit for PSG vs. Liverpool After Dealing with Illness

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistNovember 27, 2018

WATFORD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Sadio Mane of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road on November 24, 2018 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)
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Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has been cleared to face Paris Saint-Germain in Wednesday's key UEFA Champions League group-stage clash after he overcame illness.

The Senegal international was doubtful for the European encounter after he fell ill in the wake of Saturday's 3-0 win at Watford, but the Independent confirmed his availability. Journalist Glenn Price also showed training footage of the forward:

Glenn Price @GlennPrice94

Sadio Mane training at Melwood ahead of #LFC travelling to Paris. Joe Gomez is out there too. https://t.co/kNCP08nlCe

Victory at the Parc des Princes would send Liverpool through to the Champions League round of 16 and keep alive their hopes of beating Napoli to first place in Group C.

Mane will travel with the rest of the squad to Paris on Tuesday, hoping to end a run of three matches without a goal for his club.

Liverpool defeated PSG 3-2 thanks to an injury-time winner from Roberto Firmino in September, a game where the English powerhouse looked to be in control for long portions, via BT Sport (UK only):

Mane has been almost omnipresent under manager Jurgen Klopp this season, and the one fixture he missed was the 1-0 Premier League victory over Huddersfield Town in October.

Aside from that, he's contributed seven goals in 17 appearances and could be on course to beat last season's total of 20 goals in all competitions, his best sum since moving to England in 2014.

The wide man could help make the difference against a PSG team that's unbeaten at home this season—the defeat to Liverpool was their only one—and has Belgium star Thomas Meunier at right-back.

This will also be Mane's first European outing since it was confirmed the attacker signed a new long-term contract at Anfield, and the club celebrated with a highlight reel of his best moments in red:

Klopp could move one of Firmino or Mohamed Salah to the left and bring in Daniel Sturridge in the event Mane still isn't cleared to start, while Xherdan Shaqiri is another wide option.

Liverpool will feel more confident about sealing an essential win in Paris with Mane given the green light.