Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is full of praise for his manager, Jurgen Klopp, for the positive impact he has had in his career.
The Senegal international has grown into one of the best players in the Premier League at Liverpool, and he says its down to the German's influence.
In an interview with the club's official website, the Reds' number 10 opened up on how the coach tasks them to be accountable both on and off the pitch.
“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. He is a coach who knows how to handle you off the field, too," he said.
"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.”
Adding: “I believe it’s the fact that he makes you responsible on and off the field. I think that football is in the head but then you’ve got to transfer that to the body. He’s always there to be able to give you confidence. Overall for a player, it’s all about confidence.”
Mane's form over the last two seasons has coincided with Liverpool's upward trajectory, which culminated in a Champions League title win last season and came agonizingly close to lifting the Premier League title.
They were on course to lift the English Premier League this season before the Coronavirus pandemic hit the world, sending it to a grinding halt.
It can still happen once normalcy resumes, and with 14 league goals so far this season, he has a chance of retaining his golden boot which he won last season alongside Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.