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Juergen Klopp pat for ‘machine’ Sadio Mane

‘He is a mix of technique, desire and physicality’
Juergen Klopp
Juergen Klopp
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Reuters   |   Published 12.05.22, 01:48 AM

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp heaped praise on his forward Sadio Mane after the Senegalese scored the winner against Aston Villa on Tuesday that kept his side alive in the Premier League title race.

Mane’s smart header in the 65th minute from a Luis Diaz cross once again showed his ability in front of goal, on the same day reports emerged that Barcelona and Bayern Munich were interested in signing the 30-year-old with his contract expiring at the end of next season.

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Liverpool were struggling at 1-1 in the game at Villa Park until Mane’s intervention which was his 22nd goal for the club in all competitions this season.

“He’s a machine, I told him after the game. He is a massive player. His physicality is brutal. He is a mix of technique, desire and physicality when at the moment everyone has a few yards in the legs,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

“You can see it with him to be honest. Top goal, he is just a fantastic world-class player.”

British media reports said on Tuesday Liverpool were keen to re-open contract talks with Mane to ward off potential suitors such as Bayern who may need to replace striker Robert Lewandowski.

The Pole has been linked with a move away from the German champions this summer. Klopp will bank on Mane to provide more inspiration in the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday.



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