Sadio Mane has discussed the impact of Jurgen Klopp on his career and how the ‘full of life’ Liverpool manager gets the best out of his players.
Klopp is regarded amongst the best coaches in world football and has had a transformative effect on Liverpool‘s fortunes since his arrival in English football four-and-a-half years ago, leading the club to the verge of a first league title in three decades prior to the suspension of football amid the coronavirus crisis.
The Reds’ record-breaking start to the league season comes after a calendar year that delivered three trophies including the Champions League, and Mane has now opened up on how Klopp is getting the very best from his squad, admitting the German can be ‘hard’ on his players.
“He is somebody that is full of life, he is somebody who makes us all responsible as players, which is very important for a player on the field,” Mane told Liverpool Magazine.
“He is a coach who knows how to handle you off the field too. Sometimes he can be hard with his players, but it’s for positive reasons and that’s helped us a lot on the field. It is quite impressive, in fact, if you got to know him to understand all of that.”
Mane has enjoyed his own rise to the summit of the game under Klopp’s guidance since arriving from Southampton, playing an influential role in the club’s recent successes and being named as the African Footballer of the Year for 2019.
The Senegalese star has discussed the role the charismatic German has played in his own development, believing Klopp’s ability to instil confidence into his players is crucial to his ongoing success.
“I believe it’s the fact that he makes you responsible on and off the field,” he said.
“I think that football is in the head but then you’ve got to transfer that to the body. He’s always there to be able to give you confidence. Overall for a player it’s all about confidence.”