City’s Leroy Sane not fulfilling potential, must improve attitude: Toni Kroos

Germany's midfielder Leroy Sane during a training session of the German national football team in Munich, southern Germany, on September 3, 2018 ahead of their UEFA Nations League against France. (AFP)
Updated 06 September 2018
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City’s Leroy Sane not fulfilling potential, must improve attitude: Toni Kroos

LONDON: Manchester City’s Leroy Sane is not living up to his considerable potential and must improve his attitude if he wants to be the best, according to his Germany teammate Toni Kroos.
Sane did not feature for Germany during their disastrous World Cup in Russia, but will make a return to the squad for his nation’s UEFA Nations League tie with France and Sunday’s friendly with Peru.
The call-up comes despite the fact he is yet to start a match for City this season, and was dropped completely for Saturday’s win at Newcastle.
“Sometimes you have the feeling with Leroy’s body language that it’s all the same if we win or lose,” Kroos said.
“He’s a player who has everything you need to be a world-class player but sometimes you have to tell him he has to perform better,” the Real Madrid midfielder added.
Sane, the Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year last season, scored 10 goals and assisted 15 times in the Premier League-winning campaign.
“What is crystal clear is his quality, his pace, his left foot. If he performs, he’s a real weapon.
“He has the quality, especially for us, but maybe the head coach looked at his performances for the national team and wasn’t happy.
“He was fantastic for City last year but Pep (Guardiola) has the same problem at the moment — he’s trying to get the best out of him,” Kroos added.


Jurgen Klopp tells out-of-form Mohamed Salah to use teammate Sadio Mane as inspiration

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Jurgen Klopp tells out-of-form Mohamed Salah to use teammate Sadio Mane as inspiration

  • Egyptian ace hasn't scored for seven matches, his worst run since 2015.
  • Klopp cool over form but tells star man Mane is the one to learn from.

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Mohamed Salah should use Sadio Mane as inspiration as the Egypt star looks to hit peak form after an inconsistent season.
Salah scored 44 times in his debut season with Liverpool, but his second campaign has not been so smooth.
Although Salah has 20 goals in the current campaign, his goalless run of seven matches is the longest he has experienced since a 10-game streak for Roma in 2015-16.
That is a concern, with Liverpool chasing their first top-flight title since 1990 and also through to the Champions League quarterfinals.
Fortunately for Liverpool, Senegal winger Mane is in fine form and has moved level on 20 goals with Salah, after netting 11 in as many games.
Mane had gone goalless in eight outings in November and December during a spell of 17 matches in which he scored just three times.
Having seen Mane work through his drought successfully, Klopp believes Salah will soon see his luck change in front of goal as well.
“Sadio played pretty much always like this but now he is always in the right spot in the right moment. In football it’s sometimes like this,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website.
“He is in a really good moment, of course. The only thing he did when he was not always in the right spot was work and work and work.
“That’s exactly what Mo has to do, exactly the same, just work, do the right things and it will come again.
“He’s just rather unlucky, where Sadio is lucky in the moment — he is in brilliant shape, that’s true.
“But then, he is in the right shape and maybe a yard away from him is Mo, but somebody else scored. That’s how it is, all good.”