JURGEN KLOPP believes Sadio Mane could be Liverpool’s big star in the Champions League final — but hinted it could be his last game for the club.
The frontman goes into the Paris showdownagainst Real Madrid in great form with 23 goals in 50 club appearances this season.
Mane, 30, is a Bayern Munich target and Klopp said: “Sadio is in the shape of his life, a joy to watch in training and in games.
“We ask a lot of him. He has had an incredibly long season, a lot of finals, and it has been so far one of the most successful seasons for him.”
But when pressed about whether Manecould leave this summer, Klopp added: “This is the wrong moment to speak about that.
“Wherever Sadio will play next season he will be a big player. Definitely.”
Former Borussia Dortmund chief Klopp added: “I couldn’t care less about the Bayern Munich rumours.
“Sadio is focused on the game. It is not the first time in my career before decisive games that Bayern Munich rumours come up.”
Klopp believes a seventh European Cup for Liverpool could boost the chances of Mane or team-mate Mo Salah winning the Ballon d’Or. The strike pair are in the mix but Real hotshot Karim Benzema is favourite.
When asked if the final will be decisive to win the individual trophy, Klopp said: “When you think about how these are won then probably, yes.