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Klopp Talk: Sadio Mané Is a World Class Player

The boss waxes eloquent about Mané after this weekend’s showing against Watford

Watford v Liverpool - Premier League Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

The game against Watford this weekend was very nearly perfect. With 5 goals—a hattrick for Bobby Firmino, and one apiece for Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah—the highlight reel is pretty much all 90 minutes. But even in those highlights, there’s moments of absolute gold. Sadio’s goal (the first of the game) was also his 100th Premier League goal. He’s now joined Salah as the third African player to reach the century mark in the Premier League, and the third player to score 100 times without scoring from the penalty spot. The boss wanted to celebrate that after the match ended.

“We should not forget that Sadio Mané – I’m not sure if he scored penalties for Southampton, not that I know – scored 100 goals without a penalty, so that makes a difference for sure,” he said to the club’s website. “It’s a special number, absolutely. He should be and will be, hopefully, proud of that. That doesn’t happen for a lot of players. You don’t have to talk about Sadio’s quality – he’s a world-class player as well. It’s incredible how good he is. Big day for him, 100 per cent, and I’m really happy for him.”

And as for the absolute incredible performance from Salah, which included the assist for Mané’s goal:

“You saw the first goal that he set up for Sadio today, that is an outstanding pass,” the boss added. “He brought that, I don’t know, from the summer break. After that, he started doing these kinds of things. How I said, we don’t have hours and hours and hours to train different things. But the boys improve their game by themselves. The consistency he delivers, all this kind of stuff, maybe people just now start seeing it – it was always there. He plays for us, I don’t know, for five years now but it’s absolutely incredible the way he performs since he’s here.”

We’ll hopefully see Mané and Salah in action again on Tuesday when Liverpool take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.