- Apr 29, 2008
I dont think his stats when playing that position at Southampton were particularly good. Maybe he didnt have the confidence or support around him to make the most of it.Klopp said yesterday/today that Wednesday was the first time Mane believed he was world class in that position. As you say even without the goals he is a nightmare to play against, which Klopp backs up by saying even without scoring he makes the space for others to score.
I think the huge element of playing the no.9 (call it false 9 if you wish) is the off the ball movement. The ability to arrive on time, to press intelligently (you are closing down 2-3 passing lanes v's 1-2), to basically be a live wire. He does this well.