Three ruled out for Liverpool as they prepare for visit of Premier League champions

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Three ruled out for Liverpool as they prepare for visit of Premier League champions

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Sadio Mane is fit for this weekend's clash with Leicester City but Ragnar Klavan, Emre Can and Mamadou Sakho will take no part in proceedings.

New signing Mane caused worry among Reds fans after it was suggested he had picked up an injury on international duty for Senegal.

Mane himself confirmed his substitution after the hour mark was purely precautionary, with Klopp echoing that today:

"[Mane] has trained completely normal," the German boss stated at his press conference this afternoon.

However, Klopp's countryman Emre Can will take no part in Saturday's 5.30pm kick-off, as "he has a little issue with his ankle".

Klopp also served notice of a knee injury to centre-half Ragnar Klavan, meaning the 30-year-old will not face Claudio Ranieri's side.

However, the Reds boss is unsure of how long the Estonia defender will be out for:

"We will know more about [his knee injury] this afternoon."

Despite this, Mamadou Sakho is nowhere close to being welcomed back into the fold after declining a loan move away from Anfield on transfer deadline day.

The defender was told by Klopp to go out on loan in August in order to show he was prepared to work to win back his place but the 26-year-old turned down moves to Stoke, West Brom and Besiktas.

"It is not a problem. He doesn't have to gain my trust," said Klopp.

"He couldn't play football for a long time. It makes sense after a long break you think about how you can get match time and that is difficult here because the other players are fit and hopefully stay fit.

"I spoke to him before the window closed because that is the moment to make decisions and that is what I did.

"Not only with Mama but with all the players I told them all what I thought would be best and now the squad is like it is.

"I am not silly enough to forget good performances but in the end we will see what happens.

"We have one more good centre-half so it is all good but for him it needs time.

"Now it is about making Mama fit - what he isn't after this long time with suspension and injury - and we will see what happens.

"I have no idea what happens when because it is who plays how, who performs when, our results.

"At the end Mama knows and I know and from my side that is enough."

Klopp will head into the tie with just two senior centre-halves available in the form of Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip.