Most of the talking coming out of Liverpool’s 2-0 win versus Chelsea has been about Mohamed Salah — and understandably so.
The Egyptian forward scored an absolute screamer versus Maurizio Sarri’s men to silence the critics who had called into question his performances in the Reds’ biggest games this season.
It was not just Salah, however, who delivered in a match of such huge magnitude with Sadio Mane also putting in a fine showing on the day.
And following his goalscoring display, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has since gone on to talk up the 27-year-old’s importance to Jurgen Klopp’s side, suggesting he might just be his former club’s most influential player.
When put to him on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football who he would rather lose out of Salah and Mane for the run in, Carragher responded: “Salah. They’ve got the same amount of goals and I’m a massive fan of Mane.
“People talk about Jurgen Klopp and the signing of Salah, which has been unbelievable, and Van Dijk but Mane was the one that got Liverpool back up there. He was Klopp’s first big signing and he was the one that got Liverpool back into the top four.”
The above is a big statement from Carragher, but it is not hard to see where the Sky Sports pundit is coming from.
One player Klopp will not want to lose right now is Mane with the Senegal international having probably been the Liverpool boss’ most consistent attacker this season. Indeed, the winger has proved to be a game-changing signing for the Reds and fans will forever be grateful for his performances at Anfield.
During a period where Salah has perhaps not been at his best, the former Southampton man continued to deliver to leave his side in a very healthy position in the title race.
While in general, you cannot help but feel that Mane is less predictable and has a bit more to his game than his Egyptian team-mate.
Still, Salah remains a phenomenal player. And alongside Mane, a player who has contributed massively to Liverpool becoming an elite side again, the duo might just be able to fire the Reds to their first league title in 29 years.