Sadio Mane has been a revelation since joining from Southampton in the summer and has been thriving under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp.
The Senegalese forward has settled down so quickly at Liverpool and that has to be put down to not only the team giving him such a warm welcome but also the manager doing what he is best at by connecting with his player.
During an interview with the Daily Mail, Mane has explained why the German is different to any other coach and why he loves playing under him so much.
He said: “What’s different about Klopp? That’s a good question. The big difference is that he is very close to his players and they feel close to him. It is the human touch. The players work for him and want to win for him. The forwards love the fluidity in attack.”
“We like the system. We really appreciate being able to play an open game. We like working on it. It helps that I have been able to contribute with goals, too.”
“It is a pleasure to work under the instructions of the manager. What he is good at is pushing players to do their best. He drives everybody on as a team. He likes the players and the players all appreciate him as well.”
That ‘human touch’ Mane refers to has been pivotal in getting every single player on the same wave length in terms of playing with the same winning mentality and implementing the same tactics.
Mane has been outstanding this season and has already become a crucial player in the former Borussia Dortmund manager’s starting eleven.
There are very few managers who make the kind of impact Klopp does from the sidelines. He accepts nothing less than the very best from his players. What is even better is that they are more than prepared to meet these standards.