Klopp tells Mane what he needs for Ballon d’Or bid as Liverpool boss salutes ‘world-class’ forward

A Senegal international at Anfield has remained a talismanic presence in 2021-22 and could put himself in contention for a prestigious Golden Ball

Sadio Mane is capable of forcing his way into contention for the 2022 Ballon d’Or if Liverpool go on to savour Champions League glory this season, says Jurgen Klopp, with a “world class” talent told European glory may be required in order to land a Golden Ball as he is not Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

While a Senegal international may not boast the individual records and awards of Argentine and Portuguese superstars, he remains a talismanic presence at Anfield and has hit 20 goals across all competitions in the current campaign.

The most recent of those came in the first leg of a continental semi-final clash with Villarreal, with many now suggesting that Mane could compete with the likes of Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe for a prestigious prize that is handed out by France Football on an annual basis.

Liverpool remain in contention for an unprecedented quadruple this season, with the Carabao Cup winners still in the running for another Premier League title while also reaching the last four of the Champions League and the FA Cup final.

Mane continues to star across multiple competitions, with Klopp saying when asked if a man that has also savoured Africa Cup of Nations glory could challenge for the Ballon d’Or: “If you are not Messi or Ronaldo you have to win probably the Champions League, which we didn’t do yet so give us a few more weeks and then we will see where we end up.”

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