Sadio Mane faced criticism from Liverpool fans for his performance in the first half of the Premier League clash with Brentford on Saturday evening.
Liverpool were looking to go three points clear at the top of the Premier League table after Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City earlier on Saturday.
Brentford, meanwhile, were looking to pull off another ‘big six’ coup after beating Arsenal on the opening night of the season.
Recapping Mane’s first half
Jurgen Klopp made four changes from the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace last time out, bringing Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip and Andrew Robertson back into his defence. Curtis Jones replaced the injured Thiago in midfield.
Mane kept his place on the left side of the Reds’ front three.
The Senegalese misplaced three of his nine attempted passes, losing the ball five times in total.
Brentford went ahead on 27 minutes as Ethan Pinnock tapped home at the back post following a free-kick, but Liverpool equalised through Diogo Jota’s header four minutes later.
Mane under fire vs Brentford
“Mane’s decision making gets worse each game.”
“Mane has not impressed so far”
“In a team with actual depth, Mane would be sitting on the bench. His decision making has been horrible all season.”
“This is a tough one. Seems like they aren’t sure where space is meant to be. Mané disasterclass isn’t helping our case either”
“I think Mane needs a break, he’s been really poor with his passes and decisions”
“Mané seems to be beyond his great days. He is so off colour.”
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