Following a couple of shock results of late, the Liverpool fans are understandably nervous in the Transfer Tavern ahead of their clash with Southampton later today.
Jurgen Klopp takes his side to the south-coast today to face Mauricio Pellegrino’s Southampton at Saint Mary’s Stadium for a must-win fixture in their bid to achieve qualification for the Champions League this season. The headline-making story of the day will certainly evolve around Virgil Van Dijk’s return to St Mary’s, as the Dutch defender will be making his first appearance on the ground since his £75 million transfer to Liverpool at the beginning of January.
However, Van Dijk is not the only Liverpool player returning to his former club today, as the likes of Adam Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Dejan Lovren and Sadio Mane are all in contention to line up against their former employees, and the latter’s influence on proceedings could prove to be the difference between the two sides today.
Mo Salah’s arrival at Anfield this season and subsequent run of breathtaking goal-scoring form has understandably become one of, if not the key talking points of Liverpool’s season so far. The performances of Liverpool’s talisman have rather overshadowed The Reds other attacking talents, especially Mane who has barely had a mention in comparison with seasons gone by.
Despite the distinct lack of acknowledgement for his performances, Mane has quietly continued to devastate opposition defences, as his record of 9 goals and 7 assists from 26 appearances in all-competitions strongly suggests.
Mane (valued at £54 million by Transfermarkt) is yet to score or assist in his previous two fixtures against Southampton since his move to Liverpool in 2016, and last season he was unable to inspire his side to even get on the score sheet at St Mary’s. A similar outcome today could have drastic consequences for their top-four ambitions this season.
Liverpool are moving towards the business end of the season and they need to finally string together a consistent run of form in their final twelve matches, so it’s time that Mane stole the limelight from Salah by haunting his former club with a match-winning performance this afternoon.
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