Between The Lines: Klopp praises Mane but wants more

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has sung the praises of Sadio Mane following the forward’s impressive recent form. 

What he said

Mane has been prolific for the Reds in recent weeks. The 26-year-old winger has scored in each of the club’s last four Premier League games. These strikes have been vital in maintaining the Reds’ title push.

In total this season, as per Transfermarkt’s stats, Mane has racked up twelve goals and one assist in 24 Premier League appearances – already bettering his league goal tally of last season.

Jurgen Klopp has gotten quite inventive with his excuses this season. FFC’s James Jones think he has no one but himself to blame for Liverpol’s poor form in the video below…

As quoted by the Liverpool Echo, Klopp has recognised the 58-cap Senegal international’s contribution: “He’s in an outstanding shape…It was obvious against West Ham that he was our best player and he was against Leicester the one who caused them the most problems.”

The German coach added: “Long may it continue.” However, he also noted that “if we used that half left space with him more often we could have had a lot more good situations.”

Clearly then Klopp still feels he can get more out of Mane and those around him.

What he meant

Whilst Klopp’s primary intention was to praise, he did include another message in his speech. The addendum that greater use of the left flank could lead to greater rewards ought not to go unnoticed by his squad.

If Liverpool are to land the title this season – which would be their first in the Premier League era – then Klopp’s side must be at their very best for the rest of the campaign. He needs his team to be as efficient as possible, and he clearly sees an opportunity to profit more from the area of the pitch that is Mane’s domain.

Klopp may be pleased with Mane’s recent work, but that hasn’t stopped him from demanding more from the former Southampton man and his teammates at Anfield. 

Article title: Between The Lines: Klopp praises Mane but wants more

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