Sadio Mane has hailed Jurgen Klopp as ‘the best in the world’ as he praised the Liverpool manager’s man-management, motivational skills and tactical prowess.
And club, manager and player have all gone from strength to strength since then.
Klopp led Liverpool to last season’s Champions League triumph and the Reds are currently eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Mane has been a huge part of that success, and is now regarded as one of the world’s best players having been shortlisted for this year’s Ballon D’Or.
And the Senegal international has outlined just why he believes Klopp is the best on the planet.
“I would struggle to describe just how successful he has been for Liverpool,” Mane told the Official Liverpool FC Monthly Magazine.
“Everybody can see what he has done for this club, for this city and the quality he has as a manager.
“There are a lot of good managers in Europe but what I can say is that our manager always has the right words and the right things to manage his team, especially knowing how to deal with his team.
“I would always trust his influence on the team. He is a winner and I would say he is the best in the world.”
Mane, who shared the Premier League Golden Boot with team-mate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last season, is the Reds leading scorer so far this term with 11 goals to date.
Between them, Mane, Salah and Roberto Firmino have plundered 182 goals for the club since the start of the 2017/18 season.
And Mane said: “We are all from different countries and speak different first languages but I think football is one language and it is universal so everybody can speak it.
“It is the same with Mo, Bobby and myself.”
- The December issue of the Official Liverpool FC Monthly Magazine is out, priced £4.50