Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Everton’s Idrissa Gueye and West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate have started training with Senegal ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
Mane is Liverpool’s top scorer this season with nine goals in the Premier League – two more than Adam Lallana.
Yet Jurgen Klopp will have to make do without the 24-year-old after he left for Senegal’s pre-tournament training camp in Dakar.
Liverpool’s Sadio Mane (right) has started training with his Senegal team-mates in Dakar
Liverpool will miss their top scorer, who has nine goals in the Premier League this season
Mane pictured doing exercises during Senegal’s training session on Wednesday in Dakar
Mane left Liverpool with mixed feelings as he told his team-mates ‘good luck’ in continuing their Premier League title challenge as they sit second Chelsea.
‘It won’t be easy for me to leave because I would like to help them until the end of the season,’ Mane told LFC TV.
‘But I wish them good luck. We have a strong team and I think it won’t be a problem. They will do it.
‘I think we are in a good position. The draw is okay, but now the most important thing is the reaction. Everybody knows that and we are ready for the next game.’
Everton will also miss their 27-year-old defensive midfielder Idrissa Gueye
Senegal’s players pictured training during their training session in Dakar
The final of the Africa Cup of Nations will take place on February 5.
Everton will also miss Gueye, their midfield general.
The 27-year-old has been a key player for Ronald Koeman since signing from Aston Villa in the summer for £7.1million.
Also training was Kouyate, as the West Ham midfielder ran laps around a running track.
The 27-year-old played in the loss to Manchester United on Monday then left for Dakar to meet up with the Senegal squad.
Cheikhou Kouyate, the West Ham midfielder, pictured training with the Senegal squad
Kouyate is among the Premier League stars who have met up with the Senegal squad