Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp makes long-term Sadio Mane prediction

Jurgen Klopp has backed Sadio Mane to stay at a prime degree for years because the Liverpool ahead continues to bask within the afterglow of his profitable Africa Cup of Nations.

Mane has been in excellent kind since getting back from the match in February the place he scored Senegal’s match-winning penalty within the remaining in opposition to Egypt and was named participant of the match.

The ahead has netted eight instances in 12 subsequent begins, bagging – from a central placing function – a brace in Liverpool’s 3-2 FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester Metropolis on Saturday having scored on his thirtieth birthday within the 2-2 Premier League draw on the similar opponents six days earlier. He additionally scored the penalty that earned his nation World Cup qualification final month.

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And whereas sidestepping questions over Mane’s contract – the participant is approaching the ultimate 12 months of his current deal – Klopp is satisfied the attacker can proceed to contribute lengthy into his thirties.

“Yeah, he will – if he wants to,” said the Reds boss. “The quality of Sadio we don’t really have to talk about, because it’s absolutely incredible. Obviously what happened in the last two months for him was a boost, that is clear, and I am really happy for him. All the rest, we will see.

“I made a mistake talking about the Mo (Salah) contract situation which I usually didn’t do and it led to plenty of misunderstandings, so I go back to my former approach and close the door again – nothing to say about any kind of negotiations or something like this.”

Mane will hope to retain his place for the Premier League visit of Manchester United on Tuesday evening, with Klopp impressed by the dedication shown by the player to build on his natural physical attributes.

“Yeah and he is a talent as well,” said the Liverpool manager. “If you do the same training as Sadio or I do you will never look like him, it’s not possible. He is blessed, let me put it like this. He does a lot, absolutely, but he is a bit lucky as well.”

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