Klopp hails Sadio Mane’s goal-scoring form

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Jurgen Klopp dismissed propositions that Sadio Mane’s goal return is due to some changes he effected in his side. [Photo courtesy: Liverpool FC]
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has hailed Sadio Mane’s goal-scoring form, while also urging Mohamed Salah not to give up his desire to find the back of the net more often.

Klopp’s remarks come following a fine run of form by Mane, which has seen him net 11 goals in 11 games across all competitions.

The tactician however dismisses propositions that the Senegalese forward’s goal return is due to some changes he effected in his side.

“Sadio played pretty much always like this but now he is always in the right spot in the right moment. In football it’s sometimes like this,” Klopp said.

“The only thing he did when he was not always in the right spot was work and work and work. That’s exactly what Mo has to do, exactly the same: just work, do the right things and it will come again.

“He’s just rather unlucky, where Sadio is lucky in the moment – he is in brilliant shape, that’s true.

“But then, he is in the right shape and maybe a yard away from him is Mo, but somebody else scored; the cross from Robbo [at Fulham], I’m pretty sure Mo would have scored if Gini doesn’t get the ball. These moments… I was a striker, I had that as well, you think, ‘Oh’ and then somebody else missed the chance. That’s how it is, all good.

“But, of course, it’s a brilliant moment for him [Mane].”

Mane’s great form has helped Liverpool return to the top of the Premier League table, and also seen the Reds qualify for the quarter final stage of the UEFA Champions League.

The Senegalese is joint Liverpool top scorer with Salah on 20 goals, putting him well on course to record his best ever season with the Reds. His highest ever goal tally for Liverpool was 20 goals.