Jurgen Klopp will make a late decision over a potential recall for Sadio Mane for the Premier League clash against Chelsea on Tuesday.
Liverpool’s form has suffered badly since Mane departed for the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, with the Reds’ only win in his seven-game absence coming in an FA Cup replay against League Two side Plymouth Argyle.
That run has seen them dumped out of both domestic cup competitions and fall 10 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, who they host at Anfield.
While a quick return for Mane might provide a boost, Klopp needs to “look into his eyes” before finalizing his line-up.
“Ray Haughan [team administration manager] and our team management did an outstanding job to bring him back as soon as possible and he is now on his way,” said Klopp on Monday.
“We had the plane there, but he was not allowed to go in the plane and we had to wait to get him from A to B. I spoke to him and it is all good so far. We will be in tomorrow morning and I will make a decision. I will have to look into his eyes and see if it is possible.
“He’s a quality player and it’s easier when you have him around the team, but you can’t expect him to decide games by himself.”
Liverpool won at Stamford Bridge in September, which remains Chelsea’s only home loss this season.