Jurgen Klopp thinks he knows the exact reason Sadio Mane has been so good this season

Sadio Mane and Liverpool have started the season on fire, winning both of their opening two games.

Liverpool haven’t conceded in 180 minutes against West Ham United and Crystal Palace, defeating the former by four goals to nil and then seeing off Palace 2-0.

Results like that will obviously have several standout performers but Sadio Mane is right up there with the best of them.

Mane scored twice in the opening game against West Ham and then added another at Selhurst Park as he ran half the length of the pitch, rounded the keeper, and killed the game off for Liverpool.

Three goals from his first two games is the perfect start for Mane in his new number ten shirt and he looks as though he’s kicking on even further than he did last year.

And according to Jurgen Klopp, there’s a clear reason why that could be the case.

“Sadio did start pretty well last year,” Klopp told the official club site. “He was in fantastic shape then came the City game and an unlucky situation [as he was sent off]. That was not good – “I think he had an injury then as well, a little one.

“Now he’s much more secure that this is his level. The players surprise themselves sometimes. ‘Wow, really? That’s how good I am?’ We all need to show our best and get used to it.”

Klopp also took the time to praise Mane for his workrate, being sure to point out how valuable it is in Liverpool’s ‘very strange’ formation.

“Sadio is a very consistent player for us – his work rate is great,” said Klopp. “We have a very strange 4-5-1 formation with Sadio as a midfielder, Bobby [Firmino] being a midfielder more or less and Mo [Salah] being a striker, even though he plays in a little different position.

“We talk about the defensive work rate they put in and that’s really important.”

Liverpool face Brighton on Saturday evening and both the team and Mane will be hoping to continue their brilliant progress this season.