‘World-class’ Sadio Mane is back, says Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp

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The Senegal international has hit the ground running this year and, thus, earned the praise of the Reds' boss

Liverpool’s manager, Jurgen Klopp has showered encomium on Sadio Mane following his recent impressive displays.

The Senegal international has scored two goals this year which includes a ferocious effort against Manchester City as the Reds ended the unbeaten run of Pep Guardiola’s side.

And the gaffer is pleased to see the 25-year-old return to his ‘world class’ self.

“At Burnley he scored a fantastic goal but it was not a world-class game of Sadio,” Klopp told club website.

“Since then it has clicked and he is now really back. He works hard, he protects the ball pretty well, no risky dribbling, and he is a world-class player.

“The two goals he scored [against Burnley and City], I don’t know a lot of players who could have scored these goals.”

“Of course we had talks. I cannot tell you what I told the player in a one-to-one meeting, but it was about what he did so far.

“Good, good, good, good, good. One or two things not that good, but the rest good. So let’s build on that and ignore the rest. That is how life is.

“You cannot think all the time about your mistakes because that makes no sense. You cannot forget all the good things. We are all a bit like that and sometimes people need help to realise again the good situation.

“He is in a fantastic situation where everyone loves him in the club. But he played from [the heart] and not from [the head] and nothing really worked out in the end.”

Last month against Everton the former Southampton player failed to set up his teammate for a possible second goal after Mohamed Salah’s opener which left the Reds sharing the spoils with their visitors.

“I like to be honest and I don’t want to say Sadio was brilliant when he wasn’t. Everyone could see that he struggled a bit here, it didn’t look like it was too easy for him,” he continued.

“After the Everton game when he didn’t pass the ball, everybody made a big criticism of him.

“I didn’t mention it, to be honest. I didn’t mention it at half-time, I didn’t mention it after the game, it was not mentioned in any meeting because I saw in Sadio’s eyes that if he could turn the clock backwards he would do it.

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“At that moment he was convinced he would score, he was a striker and a striker has to make a decision. I want him to make these decisions, but sometimes you have to accept that these decisions are wrong.

“I accept it. As long as you don’t do the same in the next 20 similar situations so that people start thinking: ‘What’s that about?’ You cannot play football without mistakes. He didn’t want to do it.

“Now he is completely different again.”