Liverpool Fc boss Jurgen Klopp drops hint on Sadio Mane contract talks
The Red’s boss recent comments evidently suggest negotiations over a potential contract extension for Mane.
The Senegal international is still riding high waves after Senegal secured their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations title earlier this month and has only just returned to Liverpool to focus on the club.
Mane is 29 years of age and will turn 30 before the season’s end, sparking speculations over whether the Reds will offer him an extension or cash in on one of their most prized assets.
The forward will have just one year left to run on his current deal come the end of the season.
However, Klopp’s most recent comments will trigger excitement among the Anfield fans that Mane will remain at the club for the time being.
“It is difficult to improve on the level that Sadio is already at,” Klopp explained.
“Lewandowski was born in 1988. So he is 33. Then there’s Messi at 34 and Ronaldo at 37.
“The massive advantage of being in your early-30s and mid-30s is that as a player you can see things in the right way if you have learned throughout your career.
“Sadio [who turns 30 in April] can use that and become an even better player than he was two or three years before.
“Clubs think differently. They look at a player aged 32, 33 and think, ‘We can’t sell him anymore.
“But if they are already inside the club then that’s outstanding because they already have experience and desire and quality.”
Mane returns to Liverpool from AFCON with his spirits high given he took home player of the tournament after a stellar return of three goals and two assists in seven games.