Sadio Mane will miss Liverpool's Community Shield clash against Manchester City as manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed the star would return to training just days before the start of the Premier League season.

After helping Liverpool win the Champions League, Mane guided Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final in Egypt, where they lost to Algeria in the decider.

The attacker's busy off-season will mean he misses the Community Shield on August 4, set to return just four days out from his side's league opener against Norwich City.

"He is in good shape," Klopp told the club's website after a 2-1 friendly loss to Sevilla on Sunday.

"Obviously they had a celebration in Senegal and I'm happy about that because it showed that they respect the competition and saw the second place as a success, which is nice.

"He is now on holiday, not the longest one. He will be back on August 5, after the Manchester City game. That means he had two weeks.

"There is four or five days to prepare for Norwich, 10 days for Chelsea [in the UEFA Super Cup]."

Mane scored 26 goals in 50 games in all competitions for Liverpool last season.

Aliou Cisse urged Senegal to seize the initiative and end the nation's long wait for an Africa Cup of Nations title.

The Lions of Teranga, who have never previously won the continental competition, take on Benin in Cairo on Wednesday with a place in the semi-finals on the line.

This year's tournament is wide open following the shock exits of a much-fancied Morocco, hosts Egypt and defending champions Cameroon in the first knockout round.

And after overcoming Uganda in the last 16 thanks to Sadio Mane's 15th-minute goal, Cisse is eager for the 2002 runners-up to prolong their run and make history.

"It's true that Cameroon are not here, the big favourites are no longer here today," he told reporters. "Of course, that gives us ideas and it gives us even more confidence to say yes, maybe this year will be the one.

"But like I said, that's just hope, and it won't be enough. We'll have to work very hard, we'll have to be serious, and that is what we're doing."

Benin were responsible for one of the giant killings in the last round as they beat Morocco, a side 41 places above them in the latest FIFA rankings, on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

The Squirrels drew all three of their group matches prior to knocking out Morocco but boss Michel Dussuyer insisted their run to the last eight has not been a fluke.

"Our presence at this stage is not out of luck. We have worked hard and I believe in my players," Dussuyer said.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

Senegal - Sadio Mane

The Liverpool forward has registered Senegal's last three goals and he joint-leads the AFCON scoring charts, level with Adam Ounas, Cedric Bakambu and Odion Ighalo. However, he has missed two of his three penalties in Egypt.

Benin - Cebio Soukou 

Benin have scored three times in their four matches and Hansa Rostock midfielder Soukou has delivered two assists, including the opener for Moise Adilehou in the last round.


KEY OPTA FACTS

- This will be the first encounter between Senegal and Benin in the Africa Cup of Nations. 
- Senegal have progressed from two of their previous seven quarter-finals, while Benin are competing at this stage for the first time.
- Benin are the team that have played the most Africa Cup of Nations games without winning (13 - D5 L8).

Sadio Mane fired Senegal through to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals as they saw off Uganda 1-0 in Cairo.

The Liverpool striker is targeting more silverware after helping his club side land Champions League glory, and Mane's first-half strike carried his nation past awkward opposition.

Mane missed a second-half penalty after he had been clattered, but his earlier clinical finish proved enough.

Senegal, for whom this was an eighth win in their last nine games, will next face Benin who earned a shock 4-1 penalties win against Morocco following a 1-1 draw earlier on Friday.

In a sign of things to come, Uganda goalkeeper Denis Onyango bolted out of his penalty area and knocked Ismaila Sarr to the ground in the early stages, with Senegal urging the referee to show a red card. He opted for yellow.

Uganda, runners-up in 1978, fell behind in the 15th minute when Mane charged into the penalty area and beat Onyango with a low left-footed shot into the bottom-right corner.

Farouk Miya looked to carry some threat for Uganda, but they lacked a cutting edge and should have been 2-0 down by the hour mark.

Onyango charged off his line and mistimed a lunging tackle in his penalty area, sending Mane sprawling. It looked a foul worthy of a second yellow card, but the goalkeeper instead appeared to be given a final warning.

Mane went for the right corner again, but Onyango guessed correctly and pushed the ball away.

The miss almost proved costly, with Uganda going close to equalising in spectacular fashion when Allan Kateregga drove a 30-yard free-kick towards goal.

The ball was struck firmly and heading inside the right post, but Alfred Gomis threw himself across goal to make a fine, priceless save.

Lionel Messi, Neymar and World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe are among the final players named on the 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist. 

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