Sadio Mané has been Liverpool’s signing of the season and arguably the Premier League’s best transfer of last summer. His pace and guile has been key to almost everything that has gone right for Liverpool this season, and his absence during the Africa Cup of Nations only underlined his importance.
There’s one thing he hasn’t quite figured out yet, though. Celebrations. Fellow attackers Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho seem on the same page whenever they score. When it’s Mané, though, that’s when the goal celebrations tend to break down a little, loosing any hint of coordination and fluidity.
“Philippe and Firmino are nice guys,” Mané told the club’s official website when asked about the trio’s goal scoring—and their celebrating. “We try to in training after scoring or in the dressing room—to dance. I can’t dance! Philippe tries to teach me, or Roberto, so when we score we try to do it.”
Sadio Mané can’t dance. It explains an awful lot when it comes to those celebrations. But if he can keep playing like he has so far this season, with 12 goals and six assists in 24 league games, he might just be able to figure it out. A few more goals against Burnley certainly wouldn’t hurt.
“We’re looking forward to working hard and trying to [improve our form],” Mané said when asked what the immediate future holds for him and his teammates, other than learning to dance at least. “If we want to be in the top four we need to be consistent.”