Liverpool's midfielder Dominic Solanke reacts during the final Audi Cup football match between Atletico Madrid and FC Liverpool in the stadium in Munich, southern Germany, on August 2, 2017.
Even manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he thought the 26-year-old had "no chance" of playing when he saw him on Monday, but Mane was not prepared to give up on his team-mate.
Sturridge has scored twice in all competitions this term - his start against PSG was his first of the season.
The best news I have had in the last two weeks is how we have changed or reinvented again our defensive skills.
"It's normal for an offensive player to have times when you don't score but he's still a threat". "No-one remembers that, it is really no problem". He is in a good shape, actually, and then finishing is never something you can take for granted.
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"I think Bobby doesn't need his eye to play so I told him", Mane said, via the Liverpool Echo.
"Now their squad, which will sustain them during the season, looks really strong as well, that could be the difference this year".
"Ox is a different situation but it's so nice to have Ox around", Klopp said on Friday.
Perhaps Southampton's best hope lies in Liverpool's performance level dropping after the midweek Champions League match and the figures from last season are interesting, with Klopp's side having a W4 D6 L3 record in those circumstances. We are really waiting for him without making pressure on him and we know that it will take a long time.
"I think this year we're confident as a team".