Sadio Mane confessed that he initially doubted whether he would get on with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after meeting him for the first time.
Before taking charge of Liverpool in 2015, Klopp first attempted to sign Mane a year earlier for Borussia Dortmund. Ultimately, though, the then-RB Salzburg forward favoured a €23m transfer to Southampton in the Premier League.
Mane spent the next two seasons impressing over at St Mary’s before Klopp finally got his man in the summer of 2016 for Liverpool.
While the Reds had to fork out a commanding €41m for the Senegal star, he’s proved himself to be worth every cent and is one of the club’s main stars alongside Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.
But it turns out Mane had his doubts when he first met-up with the exuberant Klopp.
“He was talking too much,” Mane told the Sunday Times.
“And I said, ‘Wow, this is going to be tough for me because I’m a little quiet.’”
Under the German, Mane has transformed himself into one of the Premier League’s best players. His performances last season even led Lionel Messi to vote him as the best player of 2019 in FIFA’s The Best award ceremony.
“Everybody loves him [Klopp] and that is more important, to be honest,” continued Mane.
“He is a bit of a funny guy but at the same time, he is a serious guy. Usually, when I am talking to him off the pitch it is about personal things.
“Things about lifestyle and life – and that is important to me. I think I have somebody I can confide in.”
Mane has managed 67 goals and 24 assists in 134 appearances across all competitions for Liverpool.
Klopp’s side will be relying on him to bang in more goals this afternoon ahead of their clash with bitter rivals Manchester United.