Jurgen Klopp raves about 26-year-old Liverpool FC star

The Liverpool FC manager is thrilled to keep Sadio Mane at the club given his rising status in Europe

Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Jurgen Klopp has expressed his delight to secure Sadio Mane’s long-term future at Liverpool FC.

The Senegal international has agreed a new contract to end speculation linking the winger with some of Europe’s leading clubs, including Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Talk of a potential move to Real Madrid will have been a concern for Liverpool FC supporters given FC Barcelona’s record of raiding the Merseyside outfit over the past four seasons.

Mane, though, has agreed a new deal to help Klopp keep his exciting attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and the Senegal forward together.

The 26-year-old has produced his best performances under Klopp after Liverpool FC signed Mane in a £34m deal from Southampton in the 2016 summer transfer window.

Mane scored 20 times in all competitions in the 2017-18 season to help Liverpool FC secure a top-four finish before he netted in a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final back in May.

The Liverpool FC number 10 has made a positive start to the current campaign with seven goals in 15 games in all competitions to help the Reds mount a title challenge.

And Klopp, who took over the reins from Brendan Rodgers in October 2015, has expressed his delight to have a player of Mane’s talents in the Liverpool FC team.

“This is a big boost for everyone and another demonstration of how the players we have at this club are committed, not just to our present but our future also,” Klopp told Liverpool FC’s website.

“I can’t think of a single club anywhere in Europe that wouldn’t want a player like Sadio available to them, so the fact he wants to remain with us says something about where we are currently.

“He is a such an important member of our team and squad. He radiates joy and I think this is reflected in his performances and impact on the pitch.

“The only criticism I could ever have of Sadio is that maybe at times he is the only one not to see just how good he is – but as an attacking player he is the complete package.

“He made a big impact when he first arrived, but if anything he’s got better and better each season. His trajectory has only been upwards in terms of his level and his contribution.

“I know his teammates will be as delighted as we are and also the supporters.

“Maybe the other thing which is lost on some who don’t know Sadio is just how ambitious and hungry he is to achieve things and be successful. He is more driven than I think many will be aware of.

“He wants to do it with us and by committing the best years of his career to LFC I know we have someone who will give their absolute everything… as a manager you can ask for no more.”

Mane initially moved to Southampton from Red Bull Salzburg before Liverpool FC recruited the Senegal star in July 2016.

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