Jurgen Klopp says that the secret behind Sadio Mane’s return to form was ensuring he always felt “comfortable”.
Mane netted a hat-trick as Liverpool crushed Porto in the Champions League last-16 last week.
The Senegalese has scored 12 goals and assisted seven this season but has been somewhat overshadowed by the displays of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Klopp says that he tried not to interfere too heavily with Mane during his comparative struggles.
“It’s a mix of talking and leaving him alone,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
“The best advice is always your own. If you are not in your best moment, do you want somebody to come constantly to talk to you and say, ‘it’s quite difficult at the moment’?
“If you are convinced that it will come back then leave him. As long as he trains well, I’m used to it. I take what I get. They are human beings not machines, and their form [can] drop.
“I know it’s quite difficult for supporters to accept that, but for me as a manager it’s part of my job. If I’m angry all the time if somebody doesn’t perform like I expect, it’s not good for both – I could never be happy and the player is constantly in a situation where he feels under pressure, not only from me but from me as well.
“[It’s about] creating a situation where the player still feels comfortable and then go from there. If there’s no doubt about character, attitude and work-rate, you have to wait a little bit for it and then it will happen again.”
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