‘Who cares?’: Jurgen Klopp insists he had no idea Sadio Mane had only scored ONCE in his last 10 matches and ‘would have lost everything’ if asked to bet how many goals Senegal star had bagged so far
- Sadio Mane’s goal against Crystal Palace was his first for Liverpool in 10 matches
- The Senegal striker was on an unusual barren run for the reigning champions
- Mane hit a sublime effort in Liverpool’s dominant 7-0 rout at Selhurst Park
- Jurgen Klopp says he didn’t notice the lack of goals because Mane plays so well
Jurgen Klopp insists he had no idea the goals of his star striker Sadio Mane had dried up, and ‘would have lost everything’ if asked to bet whether the Senegal forward had only scored one in his last 10.
Mane hit a sublime strike in the recent 7-0 demolition over Crystal Palace, to mark the end of a barren spell in front of goal.
Speaking during his pre-match press conference on Christmas eve, ahead of his side’s clash with West Brom on Sunday, a laughing Klopp struggled to come to terms with Mane not having scored for so long, before admitting he doesn’t even care.
Jurgen Klopp burst into laughter when realising he had no clue that Sadio Mane hadn’t scored in 10 matches, prior to his recent strike against Crystal Palace
The Liverpool boss told reporters: ‘I didn’t even know it! Honestly I would have lost everything if i had to bet on how many goals Sadio Mane scored in the last 10 games.
‘As an option to answer ‘one’ it would have been the last one I would have chosen.’
‘I had no idea he only scored once. A second ago we speak about [Liverpool having] the best goal difference we have in the league then I realise one of our best players, one of the best players in the world didn’t score for a while. Who cares?’
Mane was in hot form at Palace and scored the second to set his side on course for a huge win
The Senegal star lashed the ball into the bottom corner to end his goal-scoring drought
Klopp then went on to praise Mane, insisting that his performances remain so consistently high that he is constantly helping his side win matches.
‘He played exceptionally well, he’s in really good shape, unbelievably difficult to defend,’ Klopp added.
‘If Sadio has the ball, as an opponent you need to put two, three players on him on his side and it opens up a lot of things for us, I was not concerned.’
‘But scoring for the boys is obviously really important, Bobby [Fimrino] obviously liked it when he scored two weeks ago. We spoke about him but since then he scored three or four goals.
‘So if Sadio starts scoring again now I have absolutely no problem with it,’ Klopp added with a grin.
Klopp stressed Mane’s importance and says most teams need ‘two or three’ markers on him
Klopp also offered positive news on the recovery process of summer signing Thiago Alcantara, but confirmed the Spaniard will not be able to feature at the weekend.
‘Thiago made first steps back towards team training, not involved in a full session. He makes really good steps and after a long time hes out we can and will not rush.
‘Shaqiri trained really good and milly [James Milner] yesterday did full session and today an adapted one.
‘It’s a new situation for us, we have two more training days until we have to make decision. Thiago will not be involved, he has to be in full sessions, but hopefully not too long I hope.’
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