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Liverpool: Fans take umbrage with Garth Crooks’ comments about Sadio Mane

Liverpool: Fans take umbrage with Garth Crooks’ comments about Sadio Mane

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane was included in BBC pundit Garth Crooks’ team of the week following last weekend’s Premier League action.

When discussing his selections in his BBC column, Crooks said: “Two seasons ago it was Mo Salah who was carrying Liverpool. Last season it was Virgil van Dijk who had a massive influence on the success of the team. This season it’s Sadio Mane who is carrying Liverpool on his shoulders.”

Coming into tonight’s Carabao Cup game against Arsenal, the Senegal forward is their leading scorer for the season with nine goals in 14 games in all competitions, having played for 1,162 minutes. [via TransferMarkt]

Salah is one goal behind him despite playing 112 minutes more, while Roberto Firmino has only a third of Mane’s scoring tally despite having 86 more minutes of gametime than the Senegal man. [via TransferMarkt]

Mane has actually taken far fewer shots per game (2.1) in the Premier League than his fellow Reds forwards, with Salah registering 3.7 shots per game and Firmino averaging 3.2. [via WhoScored]

While Mane didn’t get on the scoresheet against Tottenham, without his goals Liverpool would be four points worse off in the Premier League and have two fewer points in their Champions League group. [via TransferMarkt]

However, these Liverpool fans on Twitter disputed Crooks’ statement about the 27-year-old “carrying” the team, believing it to be dismissive of others in the squad:

What did you make of Crooks’ comments about Mane carrying Liverpool this season? Let us know what you think by commenting below!

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