Sadio Mane gives Liverpool two pieces of info on Klopp replacement

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reviews the Man City defeat

Sadio Mane has revealed that Julian Nagelsmann is “calmer” than Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp but that the German coaches take a liking to similar players. Former Bayern Munich tactician could be a natural successor to Klopp should he leave Liverpool. 

Speculation has mounted over Klopp’s future in recent months. Liverpool have been in woeful form in the Premier League and were thrashed 4-1 by Manchester City on Saturday. 

Nagelsmann, who was sacked by Mane’s Bayern two weeks ago, would be a possible candidate to replace Klopp should the 55-year-old depart. Mane believes there are plenty of similarities between the pair but has described Nagelsmann as being “calmer”.  

“Klopp is Klopp. He’s a mix of the old and the new generation. He’s got so much experience and his life is all about football, but he’s also demanding. Sometimes, very, very, very, very much so. He is very emotional and sometimes shouts. Almost ready to fight,” Mane said of his old Liverpool coach. 

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Speaking to DAZN, the forward added: “(Nagelsmann) is rather calmer. In terms of football, I don’t see any major differences. 

“They like types of players who press high, because their teams are high. It’s easier for me because I’ve almost only had German coaches in my career.”

Nagelsmann has been linked with the vacant Tottenham job. However, wide-ranging reports suggest the 35-year-old might bide his time and wait for roles at bigger clubs to become available. 

Meanwhile, Liverpool were comfortably beaten by City on Saturday in a game that was not the end-of-season Premier League title battle that many might have hoped. After a difficult season, the Reds are eighth in the top flight and are seven points off the Champions League places. 

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“The goals, how we conceded, is difficult to accept – we didn’t put in a challenge for either,” Klopp said after seeing City come from behind to put four past his side. 

“That’s absolutely not acceptable to be honest. City completely in control after that and we were open and they could do whatever they wanted. That they only scored one more goal is well, thank you. It could’ve been different and that’s really bad news for us.

“In the end, we had moments but in general how we lost everything, unacceptable. 3-1 down is difficult here but there was nothing more there, four-ish players had an OK game and the rest were somewhere I don’t know. Three days and we play again against another strong team. Tomorrow is a big day for us because we have to work with what we saw today because we see it more often now.”

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