Jurgen Klopp has been building something pretty special at Liverpool since he took the job in October 2015.
The German is yet to win any silverware in his three full seasons on Merseyside, but that’s not to say he’s achieved nothing.
The Reds have finished fourth in the Premier League two seasons running, while the last campaign included the bonus of a remarkable run to the Champions League final.
There’s little doubt Klopp and his men appear close to winning their first trophy since the League Cup in 2012, which is why Liverpool have sought to secure the services of their most influential players in recent months.
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson have all penned fresh terms with Liverpool in 2018, leaving just one key man to follow suit.
The Anfield faithful must be wondering what’s keeping Sadio Mane from doing so, and with no significant updates publicised in recent months, Liverpool Echo journalist James Pearce has offered some insight into the situation.
He wrote on Tuesday: “I asked him about it in the mixed-zone after Arsenal and he did what Sadio Mane does, he laughed and smiled and said he’s happy where he is and it’s in the hands of his agent. He’s enjoying his football and wants to do his best for the fans.
“I understand Liverpool opened discussions with his representatives at the end of last season. They said we’ve done it for Firmino, are doing it for Salah and would like to recognise his progress with new terms and a five-year contract so you let us know when you’d like to sit down and we’ll do that.
“For whatever reason, those negotiations haven't reached a successful conclusion yet.”
While the notion of no news being good news doesn’t necessarily hold true in this scenario, Pearce insists the uncertainty over Mane’s future shouldn’t be unsettling for the time being.
In reference to the time left on the Senegal winger’s current deal, the Echo journalist says he would only smell trouble if the state of play remains unchanged by next summer.
“It always used to be clubs would sit down to renegotiate when it got to the last two years. If we’re still in pre-season next year and it hasn’t been resolved, then it would be a genuine source of concern,” Pearce wrote.
“At the moment it’s not one to be unduly worried about.”
Liverpool fans will consider that easier said than done, though at least they can take comfort from someone with close connections to Anfield indicating Mane isn’t evidently unhappy.News Now - Sport News