Jurgen Klopp on what Sadio Mane has done to set the tone for Liverpool squad

Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on Sadio Mane for his progress during his time at Liverpool.

The German manager credited his star winger for leading the way in the squad when it came to players making the required step up to become European, world and now English champions.

Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s game at Brighton on Wednesday night, Klopp said Mane was a “big example” to his team-mates as someone who worked hard at delivering week in, week out.

Klopp explained: “In the last three years, this team has made progress and massive steps. It only worked because we made big steps. Sadio is a big example of that.

“I remember we took this talented player from Southampton, but he lacked consistency.

“Now, the level he is performing on is consistent – offensively, defensively. I could write the same book about all the players.”

Mane moved to Anfield for £37million from Southampton in 2016 and has gone on to score 61 goals in 122 Liverpool appearances.

He won the Premier League’s Golden Boot last season with 22 goals, sharing the award with his team-mate Mo Salah and Arsenal ’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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Among other major contributions, he won the penalty that put the Reds ahead of Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final, scored twice as Liverpool lifted the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea, and set up the winner in the FIFA Club World Cup final.

In the words of his coach: “He came as a young boy and developed here. We were lucky to be around at a time like this.

“Sadio is a good example for the improvement for the whole squad – from a really good player to a world class player. It is great to have him here.”

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