Mane was one of the Reds' biggest stars this season, scoring 22 goals in the Premier League, sharing the Golden Boot with teammate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
He played a pivotal part in the Merseyside outfit's title challenge and subsequent Champions League win, helping win the penalty for the first goal in the final. The 27-year-old said Klopp is to thank for his brilliant form at the club.
He said, "He’s a very special manager. He has a lot of qualities and distinctive characteristics, but what really struck me is that he’s a really, really nice guy outside of football. His human side touched me, and that’s really rare to find someone like that, especially in football.
Sadio Mané has listed the characteristics he most admires about Jurgen Klopp following his most successful season yet at Anfield.— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) June 8, 2019
“His human side touched me, and that’s really rare to find someone like that, especially in football.”https://t.co/cAXbwgEWNP
“He’s a coach who loves his players, he’s there for them. At the same time, he gives them responsibilities. We, the players, are ready to do anything for him! We give everything on the pitch for him, whether it’s in training or in a game, we give our all. He’s a manager who makes you want to go to war.”
The Senegal international also admitted that he wanted to sign for Borussia Dortmund when they were being managed by Klopp.
“My aim was to sign at Dortmund because Jürgen Klopp wanted me. Except Salzburg was already in agreement with Spartak Moscow. They wanted to sell me in Russia to get the most money. Dortmund were ready to pay €12 million. I said no to Russia. My dream was to play in the best leagues," he concluded.