Wednesday Feb 21, 2018. 11:30
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed what he told Senegalese attacker Sadio Mane to regain his form.
Klopp said he cannot always be angry at his players because that creates an unhealthy environment.
The German manager said Mane is regaining his old self and remains a star for the Reds, praising his ball control.
“If I’m angry all the time if somebody doesn’t perform like I expect, it’s not good for both – I could never be happy and the player is constantly in a situation where he feels under pressure, not only from me but from me as well,” said Klopp the club’s website.
“(It’s about) creating a situation where the player still feels comfortable and then go from there. If there’s no doubt about character, attitude and work-rate, you have to wait a little bit for it and then it will happen again.”
Moreover, Mane is now only a goal behind his 13-goal tally for last season and has also contributed seven assists in 28 outings, but has six goals in his last three UEFA Champions League outings.
“It was so often that we spoke so positively about Roberto (Firmino) and Mo (Salah) – and Phil (Coutinho) when he was still here – and the ‘Fab Four’ and now the ‘Fab Three’ if that’s possible,” adds the coach.
“Sadio had good games. He had a really good game against Manchester City not so long ago. It’s only that it was not his constant level that we are used to seeing.
“You think of Sadio Mane and he is very decisive, controls the ball well, he is a threat all the time for the other team, works hard and all that stuff.
“He has worked hard. For five or six weeks he has trained at a constantly high level. That’s the only way to come back into shape.”