It should come as no surprise that Sadio Mané has been named the Liverpool Standard Chartered Player of the Month for March.
Liverpool played five fixtures during the month, winning four and drawing one with the Senegalese forward playing a vital role in the Reds’ success with his all-important goals against Burnley (2) in the Premier League followed by his decisive strikes in Germany against Bayern Munich in the Champions League (2) and in the PL away at Fulham (1).
What made Mané’s five goals all the more special was that they were scored over the course of seven days, with his goal against Fulham at Craven Cottage marking his 20th of the season in all competitions. When asked whether March 2019 has been his best month ever at the club as an individual, Mané told LiverpoolFC.com: “I would say it was one of the best. I’m happy to win the award. It was one of the best individual months for each player because we did very well and won almost every game. It was a great month.” Mané was also asked to choose his favourite goal out of the five and he went with his sublime opening goal from Liverpool’s Champion’s League clash against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. But, in typical Mané fashion, he downplayed the strike by calling it lucky and credited Virgil van Dijk for his fantastic pass.
Looking ahead to Liverpool’s 33rd PL match of the season away to his former club Southampton on Friday, Mané is eager for his side to continue their good form and win all six of their remaining fixtures in the League, “I think everything is possible, so let’s do it and win it. To be honest I think we need to win all of the games, even if it will not be easy. We still can win every game because we are a good team and we play very well…”
A win at St. Mary’s will put the Reds back in the driving seat at the top of the table and is of course paramount in order to maintain their challenge for the PL title. The psychological impact of that should not be overlooked either, as the Reds will then be on top for just over a week thanks to Manchester City only playing their next Premier League fixture on the 14th of April.
City host Brighton and Hove Albion in their F.A. Cup semi-final match this coming Saturday, followed by a visit to the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium to take on Spurs in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday. Finally, Sunday the 14th of April will see City return to the League when they travel to London for their match against Crystal Palace.
Given the sheer volume of fixtures that lie ahead, at this juncture of the season points on the board supersedes having a game in hand.