Liverpool frustrated by efforts to get Sadio Mané back from Africa Cup of Nations

• Club want player to be ready for crucial game against Chelsea
• Firmino will feature after court date is put back 24 hours

Liverpool’s efforts to get Sadio Mané home from the Africa Cup of Nations as quickly as possible were frustrated by red tape to further complicate his availability for Tuesday’s crucial game at home to Chelsea.

The club sent a private jet to Gabon on Sunday following Senegal’s exit from the competition but issues with the flight delayed Mané’s arrival back home until Monday evening, meaning he missed training.

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