Mane was in the running to win the Ballon d’Or last season, after helping the Reds experience the glory of the Champions League for the first time since 2005.
Liverpool striker Virgil van Dijk’s teammate was also in the running, and unlike Mane, he climbed the podium behind winner Lionel Messi and third, Cristiano Ronaldo.
In preparation for the awards ceremony, Klopp publicly supported Van Dijk to win the top prize, and according to France Football, this left Mane in bad taste.
But comments made by the Senegalese last month in Liverpool FC magazine suggest that even if Mane considers Klopp to be firm, he also shares a good relationship with his boss.
“It’s someone who is full of life, someone who makes us all accountable as players, which is very important for a player on the field,” said Mane.
“He’s a coach who also knows how to manage you off the field. Sometimes he can be tough with his players, but it is for positive reasons and it helped us a lot on the pitch. It’s pretty impressive, in fact, if you have to know it to understand it all. ”
Naby Keita added: “Yes, and he will always defend his players because for him all the players are the same. There is no difference for him.
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“He’s always there to explain things to you, like you haven’t played the best in a game, which is difficult for coaches.
“But it’s a choice he has to make and it helps us fight harder on the training ground to push hard so you can play on weekends.
“He communicates with all of us as well and that’s what I really like about him. During training, he will stop you and give you advice and explanations. “