Jurgen Klopp: What Liverpool FC attacker needs time to find rhythm
The Liverpool FC manager hails the performance of Sadio Mane in Wednesday night's 3-0 win at Stoke City
Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool FC winger Sadio Mane needs time to rediscover his “perfect rhythm”.
The Senegal international scored his first Premier League goal since August when Mane broke the deadlock in Liverpool FC’s 3-0 win over Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday night.
Mane produced an assist to tee up substitute Mohamed Salah to extend Liverpool’s lead to two goals ahead of a home clash against promoted side Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon.
The 24-year-old has scored four goals and has made three assists in nine appearances in the Premier League this season despite a serious hamstring problem and a suspesnion.
Mane scored three times in Liverpool’s opening three Premier League games to prompt the African forward to be labelled as Klopp’s most important player at Anfield.
However, the former Red Bull Salzburg winger earned a red card during Liverpool’s 5-0 loss to Premier League leaders Manchester City at the start of September.
Speaking at his post-match media conference after Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Stoke City, Klopp said about Mane:
“Good, good, good. Very important for us. He needs rhythm now. He was in perfect rhythm then break. Good rhythm and then break. And now he needs a little bit of time, but that’s no problem.
“He was really happy and it was absolutely fine with him, we all know in one or two situations if he is in a click-moment then he can score as well. It’s all good, he is ready to work. He is very important for us.”
Liverpool FC signed Mane in a £30m deal from Southampton in the 2016 summer transfer window.
The Senegalese forward scored 13 goals and made five assists in his first campaign at Anfield.