Liverpool: Klopp says 'everything will be fine' with Sadio Mane
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Sadio Mane’s future at Liverpool has been questioned at times this season with reports linking him with a move away and Michael Edwards reportedly plans to address that in the coming weeks. By his own brutally honest admission, this past season was below Mane’s usual standards.
The Senegal international was pivotal to Liverpool’s title-winning season in 2020, scoring 20 18 goals and providing nine assists.
And he got off to a strong start to the new campaign, scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over Chelsea before finding the net against Arsenal a week later back in September.
But his form dipped after that as Mane struggled to score on a regular basis and often cut a frustrated figure on the field.
His performances did pick up at the end of the season though and his two goals in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend secured Champions League football for next year.
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Speaking earlier this month, Mane opened up on his struggles where he admitted that he was in the midst of the “worst season of his career”.
“I even underwent a test to take a look at my body. Am I eating the right foods, or has everything changed? But they checked the test results, and everything is fine,” Mane said.
“I need to understand that in life there are ups and downs. I will keep on working hard – and perhaps in time this situation will pass.”
He still has two years remaining on his current contract, but this summer has been touted as make-or-break on whether he stays at Anfield or moves on.
Liverpool can still demand big money for the 29-year-old now, but if he enters the final 18 months of his contract without an extension being signed then their negotiating power quickly diminishes.
But sorting out a new contract for Mane has always been on the agenda for Liverpool, according to The Athletic.
It is claimed the coronavirus pandemic forced contract talks to be put on hold, but that’s set to change this summer.
Sporting director Michael Edwards will reportedly ‘address’ Mane’s contract in the near future.
And the report adds that Liverpool have no interest in selling Mane as Jurgen Klopp ‘adores him’.
Mane joined Liverpool back in 2016 from Southampton and has been integral to the Reds’ success in recent years.
He was a key figure when Liverpool clinched the Champions League in 2019 with a starring performance against Bayern Munich in the round-of-16.
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