Mane, Ibrahima Konate, and Luis Diaz have given Liverpool a 3-1 lead heading into the encounter at Anfield, and Klopp singled out the Senegalese forward in his matchday programme notes for his performances in recent games as well as his entire Liverpool career.
Mane joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2016 and has quickly established himself as one of the club’s greatest ever players, scoring 113 goals in 257 games and assisting the Reds to Premier League, Champions League, League Cup, and Club World Cup victories.
With the Reds still in with a chance of collecting an unprecedented quadruple of trophies, Mane’s equalizer in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday, a result that has put the title race on a knife’s edge, he might have his biggest effect yet this season.
“Everyone who played for us on the day contributed to an important result,” Klopp wrote, “but I did want to single out Sadio.”
‘On the day of the game, it was his 30th birthday, and he still looks as young and alive as when he first joined this team as a professional.’
‘He’s a machine,’ says the narrator. What he has done and continues to do for our club qualifies him as a ‘legend.’ He is performing at the greatest level for both LFC and Senegal.’
This season has been particularly memorable for Mane, who scored his 100th goal for Liverpool and 100th Premier League goal early in the season, as well as winning the Africa Cup of Nations and being voted player of the tournament.
Mane’s contract at Anfield expires next season, but Klopp believes the 30-year-greatest old’s days are still ahead of him. Mane’s contract at Anfield expires next season, but Klopp believes the 30-year-best old’s days are still ahead of him.
‘What’s exciting is how he’s getting better and stronger,’ his manager continued. When you see how well he takes after himself and how dedicated he is to his work, you’ll realize that 30 is just a number to him.
‘His demeanor and character are exceptional.’ We adore him, and I’m confident that the levels he’s at right now aren’t the pinnacle of his abilities – there’s still more to come from this unique individual.’
Mane’s current form will be hoped for by Liverpool fans, since the Reds’ upcoming fixtures include the FA Cup semi-final against City, as well as vital league matches against Manchester United, Everton, and Tottenham Hotspur.