Liverpool’s currently injured new winger, Sadio Mané, came away with both top honours at the Liverpool Players’ Awards last night. The ceremony, which took place at Anfield, saw Mané scoop up both the Players' Player of the Season and the Supporters' Player of the Season awards.
Mané’s red-hot start to his Liverpool career is even more impressive considering that he missed a full month of games to represent Senegal in the African Cup of Nations. After that, he was unfortunate to get hit with a knee injury that kept him out of the team for all of April and May.
Mané’s £30million price tag from Southampton seems a steal, despite these breaks in his season. He still managed to score 13 goals this season, making him Liverpool’s top scorer. He also quickly formed a potent attack with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, and Adam Lallana.
Mané said about his honors, “I just want to thank my team-mates and the supporters for giving me these great honours. It means so much to me. I feel at home at this club and in this city.
“My team-mates, the staff, the manager and the supporters have all made me feel so welcome. I have loved every minute of playing for Liverpool this season and can't wait to get back fit to help the team again.”
In addition to Mané’s awards, Liverpool academy player Trent Alexander-Arnold won the award for Young Player of the Season for his fine contribution to the U23s and the first team this season.
“I am just really proud and happy I can celebrate with my family. I just want to push on now and do better,” Alexander-Arnold said.