Sadio Mane admits he shares a good relationship with Jurgen Klopp – despite claims he was 'furious' with the Liverpool boss.
Mane was in the running to win the Ballon d'Or last season, after he helped the Reds taste Champions League glory for the first time since 2005.
The forward's Liverpool team-mate Virgil van Dijk was also in the running, and unlike Mane, made the podium behind winner Lionel Messi, and third-place Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the run-up to the award ceremony, Klopp publicly backed Van Dijk to take home the top prize, and according to France Football, this left Mane with a bad taste his mouth.
But comments made by the Senegalese just last month in the Liverpool FC magazine suggest that while Mane considers Klopp to be firm, he also shares a good relationship with his boss.
"He is somebody that is full of life, he is somebody who makes us all responsible as players, which is very important for a player on the field," said Mane.
"He is a coach who knows how to handle you off the field, too. Sometimes he can be hard with his players, but it's for positive reasons and that's helped us a lot on the field. It is quite impressive, in fact, if you got to know him to understand all of that."
Naby Keita added: "Yes, and he will always defend his players because for him all the players are the same. There is no difference to him.
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