The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern have seen Sadio Mane flourish ever since his first appearance in a red shirt and club legend Steven Gerrard is certainly a fan of the Senegalese winger.
The former Southampton man made the switch to Merseyside in the summer of 2016 and scored on his debut in a 4-3 win at Arsenal on the opening day of the season. He proceeded to fire in thirteen Premier League goals- despite a prolonged spell on the sidelines- and has three strikes in five appearances so far in the new campaign. His pace, trickery and finishing have been used to devastating effect on numerous occasions, including in Saturday’s 4-1 success at beleaguered West Ham on his return from a hamstring injury.
And former Reds’ skipper Gerrard- who now manages Liverpool U18s – was full of praise for Mane in the aftermath of that performance: “He’s awesome, he’s great to watch. I’m not saying it from a biased point of view”, he told the club’s official website. “He’s the type of player you’d go and pay big money to go and watch every single week because he’s great on the eye. He’s so quick, he makes things happen. For someone so quick and the speed that he does it at, to have the touch and the finesse that he shows for the first goal – and also for the second assist – is world-class.”
Jurgen Klopp has a wealth of attacking talent at his disposal with Mohamed Salah making a seamless transition to life back in English football following his move from Roma and the Brazilian pair of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho continuing to impress. And Mane is another potent option for the German boss to choose from with Gerrard’s referral to him as ‘world-class’ an assessment many experts would likely concur with.
So much has been made about the ‘world class’ label in recent months and Mane may not instantly fall into people’s thinking in that regard, though the transformative effect he has on the side when fit and firing cannot be argued.