Jurgen Klopp delighted to welcome back ‘machine’ Sadio Mane for West Ham thrashing
The Senegal forward was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Jurgen Klopp shared his delight at watching Liverpool and, in particular, Sadio Mane romping to a 4-1 victory over West Ham at the London Stadium.
Mane was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up having made a quicker than expected recovery from a hamstring problem.
The Senegal forward was certainly showing no ill-effects from the injury as he initiated a devastating counter-attack following a West Ham corner, eventually teeing up Mohamed Salah to score after a lengthy charge upfield.
“I decided after just one training session to bring Sadio in from the beginning,” revealed Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.
“I’ve never done that before, but obviously it was not the worst idea I’ve ever had. Sadio is a naturally fit player, he is a machine.
“The first goal was a fantastic counter-attack, the second from a corner and that’s two goals from set-plays in a week. We’ve had that before – but usually from the other team.
“Our response to their goal was outstanding, Oxlade-Chamberlain used the chance, and then brilliant play for the fourth.
“Games sometimes are not like this. Two weeks ago at Wembley I felt quite different and we have responded really well. We wanted to strike back and we have with really good results.”