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Klopp calm on Mane's contract as Liverpool star joins European elite

00:02 BST 24/08/2018
Sadio Mane Liverpool 2018-19
The Senegal international forward has opened the 2018-19 campaign in fine goalscoring form and his manager is hoping fresh terms will soon be agreed

Jurgen Klopp remains calm on Sadio Mane’s contract situation at Liverpool, with the in-form forward expected to follow Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in committing to fresh terms.

The Senegal international still has three years left to run on the deal he penned with the Reds when arriving from Southampton in 2016.

He is, however, in line for an improved contract after becoming a key component in a fearsome attacking unit which is hoping to end a long wait for major silverware at Anfield in 2019.

Klopp is reluctant to speculate on when an agreement could be reached, with there no need to rush discussions with a player who is settled and happy on Merseyside.

The German told reporters when quizzed on Mane’s future: "It's not that his contract ends tomorrow.

"They are all in a good age group. That's all positive, right?"

Mane has opened the new season in some style, netting three times across two appearances to date.

Those efforts have come on the back of a 20-goal return last season which Klopp believes has cemented the 26-year-old’s standing among European football’s elite.

He added: “Now he’s much more secure that this is his level.

“The players surprise themselves sometimes. ‘Wow, really? That’s how good I am?’ We all need to show our best and get used to it.

“It’s quality. We have to make sure we can show that every week. Who scores the goals is not too important but it was very important for us and very nice for him that he could do it in the last game.

“Sadio’s a very consistent player for us. His work rate is great.

“We have a very strange 4-5-1 formation with Sadio as a midfielder, Bobby [Firmino] being a midfielder more or less and Mo being a striker even though he plays in a little different position.

“We talk about the defensive work rate they put in, that’s really important.”