Liverpool supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side record an eighth Premier League victory of the season at the weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their encounter with newly-promoted Cardiff City having picked up 23 points from a possible 27 to start the campaign, level on points with leaders and defending champions Manchester City at the summit. And the Reds remain level-pegging with the Citizens as a brace from Sadio Mane alongside goals from Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri inspired the Merseysiders to a 4-1 win at Anfield on Saturday, with Callum Paterson’s second half effort proving to be nothing more than a consolation for the Bluebirds.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Liverpudlians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have taken to Twitter to heap praise on Senegal international Mane, with some suggesting that he doesn’t get the credit he deserves, perhaps as a result of the brilliance of fellow Reds forward Salah.
And those Liverpool fans are so right to suggest that the latter’s excellence must not overshadow Mane’s huge influence on this Reds team, what with the forward having been nothing short of a revelation since his move from Southampton back in 2016.
Ultimately, there were a few eyebrows raised when the Merseyside giants splashed out £34 million on the 26-year-old little over two years ago, as although he impressed for the Saints the season before, he was still a relative unknown in English football.
But Klopp’s side have certainly been vindicated in their decision as the Senegalese star has been absolutely brilliant for the Reds in recent years, which all started by netting 13 Premier League goals in his first season at the club to help Liverpool return to the top four.
In fact, that term saw Mane become one of the club’s most important players such were the goals he scored but also how many he created, eventually finishing the season with eight assists in all competitions to unsurprisingly earn the Players’ Player and Player of the Year awards.
And the 26-year-old took it up another level last term in bagging 20 goals in all competitions as the free-scoring Reds again finished fourth but also reached the Champions League final – between him, Salah, and Roberto Firmino, they netted a staggering 91 goals.
And while Mane bagged the fewest of the three, he still embarked on a sensational season in front of goal which has somewhat been forgotten given the brilliance of Salah, who scored 47 times, as well as Firmino’s role in the side, with the Brazil international netting 27 goals but also offering a huge amount in the more advanced central role.
But that doesn’t mean that Mane had a below-par season at all – yes, he did endure a testing spell in front of goal in failing to net in the league between August and November (injury did play a part), but to reach 20 goals is an excellent achievement.
And while Salah hasn’t quite been able to maintain his extraordinarily high-level this term, Mane continues to produce the goods in already bagging seven times in all competitions, six of which coming in the league to help Klopp’s men to their best-ever Premier League start – thus, it’s plainly obvious just how integral he is to this Liverpool team.
Add in what he offers off the ball in pressing from the front, and the 26-year-old has everything to continue flourishing in Klopp’s team – while Salah often gets the credit and plaudits for his efforts, the huge influence of Mane, deemed the ‘magic man’ by one supporter on Twitter, simply mustn’t be overlooked.
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