Jürgen Klopp has been effusive in his praise of Liverpool winger Sadio Mané after the forward’s truly electrifying start to the season.
He’s just boss, isn’t he our Sadio?
The Senegalese thunderbolt already has two goals to his name for the new campaign and despite not being at his best against Crystal Palace on Saturday, he still managed to provide the match-winning moment by pouncing on a loose ball in the opposition area.
What does his manager think?
“The biggest thing the team did last year was getting fourth without Sadio for pretty much half a year, I wasn’t sure how long it was exactly but it was long,” said the boss.
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“He’s made a big step but as you can imagine I’m not too happy about singing the big song about a player that early in the season but he is important, everybody can see now he can change a game, that’s cool. Sadio can learn so much still, that’s really good.
“Sadio made a decision at the end which is very important. He’s there in those situations. It’s not the same goal but it was a little bit like the Everton goal (at Goodison Park), quickest in mind.
“Everyone thinks about how quick he is with his legs and that’s true but he’s quick in mind, that’s maybe the more impressive skill.”
Many Liverpool fans recognise Mané for his talents on the field – and why wouldn’t they? 15 Premier League goals in 29 appearances is an absolutely stunning return – but Klopp revealed that the Senegalese is just as likable and hard-working away from football too.
“He’s a wonderful guy, really humble,” the German gushed.
“He’s a really nice person so that’s good. He loves football, nothing bad in him, he’s the kind of player who has contact with everybody. Not a group here, or a group there. He likes all the boys but he’s also really skilled in being alone, by himself and close to his family.
“That’s how life is, we don’t have a lot of time around games but he’s a wonderful person.”