After a solid first season for Liverpool, Sadio Mane has gone slightly off the boil this year as the Senegal International has seen more time on the bench and his league goalscoring tally drop slightly.
Yet the out-of-form Mane has managed to resurrect his career almost out of thin air as he produced a scintillating hat-trick in Liverpool’s 3-0 last 16 romp over Porto last week.
Manager Jurgen Klopp believes Mane’s resurgence benefited from a hands-off managerial approach.
He said: “If you are not in your best moment, do you want somebody to come constantly to talk to you and say, ‘it’s quite difficult at the moment’?
“If you are convinced that it will come back then leave him. As long as he trains well, I’m used to it. I take what I get. They are human beings not machines, and their form (can) drop.
Liverpool fans, meanwhile, are lauding their manager’s approach to guiding Mane back to his best form and arguing that Klopp’s man-management strategy far outstrips that of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho…
If Mane was playing for Man Utd under Mourinho he would have been dropped, subbed, left out the squad and publicly threw under the bus because of bad performances. Klopp has been brilliant helping him through his tough times and kept the faith knowing he would come good. #LFC pic.twitter.com/XXwUv1W0nK
— 🔥 🅐🅛 – 🅛🅕🅒 🔥 (@alanevans77) February 15, 2018
Spot on. Just look at Rashford and Martial with stale careers. Pogba looks a shadow of himself in Juve, Hazard and Costa in Jose last season at Chelsea is a ref to this assertion.
— ManeSalahFirmino (@NtaniAli) February 16, 2018
Great psychology and man management, we couldn't wish for a better manager one who smiles and enjoys the football! Unlike that miserable excuse laden muppet at Old Trafford.
— Ken Sheppard (@KenSheppard3) February 15, 2018
He’d have converted him to a fullback by now and killed any confidence he had
— Mark Wright (@wrighty108) February 15, 2018