The Senegal international was one of the Reds’ key players on Tuesday night as he helped Liverpool FC to come from a goal down to seal a 2-1 win over Manchester City to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals.
The 26-year-old produced a brilliant display for the Reds as he helped them to notch up a win which secured a 5-1 aggregate victory at The Etihad.
Goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in the second half cancelled out Gabriel Jesus’ opening goal and secured Liverpool FC’s place in the last four of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in a decade.
Mane has been in top form for Liverpool FC of late and he has scored 16 goals and made eight assists in all competitions so far this season.
And Klopp was quick to single out the 26-year-old for special praise after Tuesday night’s victory at The Etihad.
Speaking at his post-match news conference, Klopp said: “He is in an outstanding moment. It was his birthday today and he gave himself the best present with a fantastic performance.
“He is so important for us. I didn’t see the situation 100 per cent when he got the yellow card, but I am pretty sure he slipped in the moment. It was unlucky. Then, playing our kind of pressing style against a constantly attacking team like City and not being even close to another yellow, that’s really cool.
“Mo scored the first goal and we love the boy, all good, but the hard work that Bobby Firmino and Sadio did on offensive wings [was important]. That’s how football should be. If you are in a better moment, Mo became fit yesterday if you want but was maybe not at 100 per cent, you always have to start trusting your muscle again.
“Sadio Mane is in outstanding shape in the moment and that obviously helps us a lot. Without the boys being in a good shape, you cannot go to the semi-finals. They fought so hard tonight, it was unbelievable.
“After a really difficult start, it is the best lesson for life – you always want that things start well and then to get even better. Our day started not too good, but we are still here and that’s a big lesson to learn. It was nice that we could clear it tonight.”
Liverpool FC will discover their Champions League opponents on Friday when the semi-final draw is made.
The Reds will take on Bournemouth in their Premier League clash at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
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