Sadio Mane really struggles to express how happy he is at Liverpool – Metro.co.uk

Sadio Mane \really struggles\ to express how happy he is at Liverpool - Metro.co.uk

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Jurgen Klopp has lifted the lid on what gets him out of bed every day – and he insists winning trophies is not his main inspiration.

The Liverpool manager finally collected his first major honour as Reds boss back in June when his side defeated Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final.

With Fabinho and Jordan Henderson operating in a similar fashion, Jurgen Klopp could look at Wijnaldum’s international form and grant him a license to get into attacking positions. He has shown on occasion for Liverpool that he has finishing instinct, and without his two goals against Barcelona they would never have won the Champions League.

Klopp’s men have since added the European Super Cup to their haul and can add the World Club Cup to their collection when they travel to Qatar in December.

Although he was playing against lesser opposition in comparison to those he would come across in the Premier League, Wijnaldum showed that playing in a more advanced role does not cause his involvement in the game to reduce, with an impressive 59 touches across 90 minutes as per SofaScore.

However, given the choice of a European repeat or seeing the club end their long wait to become champions of England, it’s clear many would choose Premier League title glory; owner John Henry has certainly made that his priority this season.

The 28-year-old was once a goalscoring midfielder whilst playing in his native country and even scored 11 in his year at Newcastle, but since making the move to Anfield his box-to-box style has restricted his opportunities in front of goal, scoring just 13 times in 145 appearances.

Klopp, on the other hand, while clearly an ambitious manager, admits improving his players and winning games is what drives him, as opposed to holding aloft trophies themselves.

In the recent round of fixtures the former PSV man scored the Netherlands’ fourth goal against both Germany and Estonia, and the attacking intent he displayed suggests he could be a threat for Liverpool if given the opportunity to take up positions in the opposition box.

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Titles are and were never my motivation, Klopp said at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt.

For his national team it has been a complete contrast of late, and Ronald Koeman has been able to get the best out of him since he took over, with the midfielder scoring five and assisting three in his last ten games for the national side.

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I want to win every game and make my players better day by day. And then well see where that leads.

His energy can be vital to Klopp’s style at Anfield and he is a reliable source for the Reds in winning back the ball and retaining possession, and he evidenced that side of his game against Estonia by winning the ball six times.

We were very close last year. You lose only one game in the whole season, and its not enough, in the end, that was very bitter.

He has been effective for Liverpool this season but in a much different style, breaking up play for the Reds with an average of one interception per game, and keeping the midfield ticking over with 90% pass accuracy.

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But it is also clear that with my team much is possible. And yes, the title in the Premier League would be a great endorsement for many years of hard work.

Moreover, each of those games were competitive fixtures, with Wijnaldum helping himself to two goals against Germany and one against France, thus proving to be one of the most important players for the Netherlands.

Liverpool will look to open up a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League when they host Newcastle at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime, with Manchester City not in action until 5.30pm the same day.

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Meanwhile, the president of their potential opponents at the World Club Cup has told Liverpool the prospect of facing them does not fill him with fear.

Almeida has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League with Leicester, Southampton, Crystal Palace and West Brom.

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The Guinean endured a stop/start season in 2018/19 and has to yet play a minute this campaign – after picking up another injury in the buildup to the European Super Cup.

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He has however been training at Melwood during this international break and it shouldnt be too long until his return to action.

Mane played with Keita in Austria at Salzburg, the side weve drawn in the Champions League – and spoke very highly of Liverpool when the midfielder was considering his next move.

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Since our days at Salzburg, he was always a good man, and a good friend to me, Mane told the Echo.

Hes such a great player, so I think everyone will see once he gets over his injures how important he will be for this club.

First up, Keita needs to stay fit. His niggling injuries are really damaging to his chances of being selected regularly by Jurgen Klopp. Just ask Adam Lallana.

Secondly, he needs to play with confidence when he gets the opportunity and look to show us the attributes he displayed so vibrantly in Germany: dribbling, bursting through the middle, through-balls, long shots and interceptions.

Dont want to worry anybody but it is Liverpool WWWWWWWWWWWWW

At the moment, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum have three spots in midfield fairly tied down, so Keita needs to perform above the latter pair to secure one of the no.8 roles.

He also has Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to contend with – so earning himself a spot in Klopps superb outfit is not going to be easy.

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