While Liverpool and Bayern Munich traded body blows in an absorbing 0-0 first leg Champions League draw at Anfield on Tuesday night, mere kilometers away, Reds star Sadio Mané’s home was being robbed for the second time in less than two years.
Police report that the intruders broke in the Senegalese forward’s Allerton mansion some time between 6pm and 11:45pm that evening, taking mobile phones, watches and car keys.
Detective Inspector Phil Mahon gave a statement as the authorities opened an investigation: “We are appealing for anyone with information in relation to this burglary to please come forward and assist our enquiries.
“While the occupants were not present at the time of the incident, this will no doubt be a distressing experience for them and I would ask the offenders to do the right thing and return the stolen items to the owner in any way possible.
“We know the watches in particular are of significant monetary value and I would also like to appeal to anyone who might have been offered the items for sale since the burglary to contact police.
“Likewise if you saw anything suspicious in the area, or have any dashcam or CCTV footage, please get in touch.”
This isn’t the first time Mané has been targeted by robbers, with the 26-year-old suffering the same misfortune in November 2017 as his side took Maribor at home also in the Champions League.
While outsiders might not be able to draw any definitive causal links between turmoil in a player’s life off the pitch and their performance on it, the dip in form fellow Red, Mohamed Salah experienced in the first half of the campaign amidst drama with the Egyptian FA and a police investigation suggests that football players are humans and cannot always compartmentalize the affairs of their lives.
However, with a crucial league showdown with a resurgent Manchester United at the weekend, Liverpool fans will be hoping that their no. 10 will be able to pull himself together and help keep his side’s pursuit of a maiden Premier League title on track.