Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to Sadio Mane for his sparkling start to the new season in the absence of another key man.
It has been the job of not only Mane, but also Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah to step up in the absence of Philippe Coutinho, who is yet to feature for the Reds this season due to a back problem.
Mane picked up where he left off before his injury towards the end of the 2016/2017 campaign, rising as arguably the most important figure in Klopp’s attacking setup.
As far as the Reds boss is concerned, there is more to come.
“Sadio has made a big step; being clearer in all the situations, passing in the right moment, dribbling in the right moments, always being a goal threat,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“He had a long break but he has started so well. Last season he didn’t start too badly either. At Arsenal he scored a nice goal. Sadio is not at the limit. Like all these boys, he can still improve.”
The Senegalese forward turned heads yet again in midweek with a standout display against Hoffenheim, taking further strides towards elevating himself as Liverpool’s undisputed star man.
Supporters have already been given a welcomed reminder of what a perfect fit he is to Klopp’s system and approach, not to mention what an inspired bargain signing he was last summer.
To have him available for an entire uninterrupted season instantly gives Liverpool a great chance of maintaining a serious top four challenge.
A place in the Champions League group stages represents another platform on which he can take his game to the next level.