Sadio Mane has revealed why Yaya Toure was present at Liverpool's training session in Salzburg on Thursday morning.
The former Barcelona and Manchester City midfielder, who is now a coach at Russian side Akhmat Grozny, watched the Reds’ workout in Saalfelden after being invited along by our No.10.
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Mane explained to Liverpoolfc.com: “I said, ‘Yaya, do you think it is the best idea to come to watch our training?!’ He said, ‘My friend, I’m coming there! Just ask your boss!’
“He is a very, very good guy and I have known him since 2004. He’s a good friend of mine so we always keep in touch and when he asked me if I can ask the boss whether he can come to watch training I said, ‘With pleasure’ and I think the boss was happy to have Yaya with us today to watch training and learn something because I wish him all the best.
“He wants to be a manager in the future and all the boys were happy to see him, to have a quick conversation with him and have a little bit of a talk about City and Liverpool. It was nice to meet him again.”
Great to meet coach Klopp and watch the @liverpoolfc squad training! 🙌🏾 Top manager and what a humble man, really… https://t.co/3XZZhfFfDs— YayaToure (Yaya Touré) 22nd Jul 13:10