The Senegal international has struggled to live up to his own high expectations after making an instant impact at Anfield last season.

And he has often cut a frustrated figure on the field this campaign, none more so than during the 2-1 win over Burnley at the turn of the year.

Mane opened the scoring for Liverpool with a wonder strike from the edge of the box but opted not to celebrate his goal in typically excitable fashion.

And he looked crestfallen when he was substituted with 18 minutes left on the clock and trudged past Klopp.

But the 25-year-old has insisted any suggestions there is a rift between him and the Liverpool boss couldn’t be further from the truth.

“The coach has a job to make sure the team wins. Every player wants to play all the time. It’s normal. Sometimes you get to play, sometimes you don’t,” Mane told The Sun on Sunday.

“Last season I scored 13 Premier League goals. Now, it is January and I have just five.

“I expect more from myself so, even though I scored a good goal against Burnley, I did not celebrate because I want more.

“I did not look happy when I was substituted because I thought I could do better.”

He added: “Klopp is a special man, a very special man. He understands how to deal with people. He respects the feelings of players.

“He has something to teach, how to play, he also pays a lot of attention to detail. He is a major reason why I have grown as a player and a person and I am very happy to work with him.”


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here