Jurgen Klopp names Liverpool FC star who has realised he’s world class

The Liverpool FC manager opens up about Sadio Mane's development at the Anfield outfit

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Jurgen Klopp has claimed that Sadio Mane has finally realised that he is a world class player at Liverpool FC.

The Senegal international has established himself as a key player in the Liverpool FC team since his £34m move to Anfield from Southampton in the 2016 summer transfer window.

Mane hit the ground running with a stunning goal in a 4-3 victory over Arsenal in his Premier League debut for the Reds at the Emirates Stadium in August 2016.

The 26-year-old ended his first season at the Anfield with 13 goals in 29 games in the 2016-17 season, establishing himself as a key player under Klopp.

Mane struck up a deadly understanding with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah last term to produce a brilliant return of 20 goals in 44 games in all competitions.

The African forward even got on the score-sheet with what ultimately proved to be a consolation goal in Liverpool FC’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final back in May.

Mane, like Firmino and Salah, has made a muted start to the current campaign but the former Southampton winger has still managed to score seven goals in 14 games in the Champions League and the Premier League.

Klopp says Mane has started to believe in his talents after becoming a vital member of the Liverpool FC squad.

“Everything was good until the first time his shape dropped a little bit and then he struggled a bit with that, because he needed to get used to [the fact] that he is a world-class player,” Klopp is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

“He is an outstanding player, I never had any other opinion.

“He needed more confidence when he came in, the start was really good but I think he was a bit surprised by himself.

“Now, he knows that much better. That helps us. He is a really good player.

“Since he came in he helped the team so much, he improved so much. He is an outstanding offensive player.

“If you ask me if he is a striker, yes, from time to time. Is he a midfielder? Yes, from time to time.

“He can probably play a slightly deeper position as well – we don’t have to play him there because we have other players there – but he could play it as well.

“He is physically strong, technically strong, he is unbelievably quick, he is quick in mind as well, and he is a good shooter with both feet. That makes a good player and he is a fantastic person.”

Liverpool FC are in second place in the Premier League table and two points adrift of Manchester City.

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