After seeing Mohamed Salah grab the spotlight last season, Sadio Mane has certainly risen as a genuine competitor to his throne.
Indeed, the tricky winger is actually close to outperforming Salah this time around, having scored the exact number (22) goals in the Premier League and in the Champions League as well. Pretty impressive stuff from the Senegalese, who can now consider himself one of the best forwards in Europe in his own right, not just part of a collective unit.
Mane might’ve netted only 4 times in this European campaign, though he’s still been a driving force for Liverpool. Be it against Napoli, Bayern Munich or Barcelona, Mane’s played as the Reds’ leader in attack, causing all sorts of problems all over the continent.
Now, he has another chance to write himself into the club’s folklore on Saturday.
The 27-year-old now has the opportunity of attaining legendary status at Liverpool. Despite their heart-breaking finale defeat last season, he was the one inspired a fightback with a well-taken goal and if he nets against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, he’ll become the first Liverpool player to score in consecutive Champions League finals.
Only a handful of legends have actually managed the feat of scoring in multiple European finals on the bounce. He’d also become the first star to replicate this phenomenon in over two decades, which really is a testament to the elite level in which he’s playing these days.
Mane thrives for nights like this, with his terrorizing movement and lethal ability around the penalty area guaranteed to unnerve Spurs. Indeed, not only would his terrific season end on a high with a goal, but he’d also achieve unmatched personal glory by writing his name into the history books forever.
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