Mane can become world class, says Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed he believes forward Sadio Mane can become one of the best players in the world.

The Senegalese star has been brilliant since he joined Liverpool from Southampton, seemingly becoming better and better as each season goes by.

This season already, Mane has netted on three occasions in just two games, and many believe he could be an early contender for the golden boot award at the end of the season.

Klopp has noticed Mane’s improvements to his game this season, and says he is confident he can join the likes of Messi and Ronaldo in becoming an elite player at a world class level.

“Now he’s much more secure that this is his level,” Klopp said. “The players surprise themselves sometimes. ‘Wow, really? That’s how good I am?’ We all need to show our best and get used to it.

“It’s quality. We have to make sure we can show that every week. Who scores the goals is not too important, but it was very important for us and very nice for him that he could do it in the last game.

“Sadio is a very consistent player for us. His work-rate is great.

“We have a very strange 4-5-1 formation with Sadio as a midfielder, Bobby [Roberto Firmino] being a midfielder more or less and Mo [Salah] being a striker, even though he plays in a little different position.

“We talk about the defensive work-rate they put in, that’s really important.”