Isn’t it nice when you like your co-workers? I don’t want to tell secrets out of school, but suffice it to say that this unfortunately doesn’t happen everywhere. That’s right, things have been a little tense here at TLO towers, where all of us sleep in bunk beds, summer camp style, and eat together in a giant cafeteria where we are constantly fighting over what to serve (please, don’t get Noel started).
Luckily, Sadio Mané doesn’t have that problem. It’s clear from interviews and team gossip that all of the players genuinely like each other and that Klopp has done an excellent job of curating a team full of like-minded, hardworking, and talented footballers.
This is the first season now that Liverpool have had the front three of Mané, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah, and at this point, the three of them have basically melded into one fast, scary, ruthless, weird human footballing genius. When one of them is having an off game, the other two easily pick up the slack, trading off assists, goals, and flashy backheels like a well-oiled machine.
Mané knows how lucky he is to be in such good company.
“I always say it is very easy to work together. Personally, I just think myself very lucky to play alongside these great players,” Mané told the official Liverpool FC magazine.
“Every single player who plays alongside them would enjoy it because they are very good players and they make everything easy, so I just enjoy playing alongside them.
“We are all from different countries and speak different first languages but I think football is one language and it is universal so everybody can speak it. It is the same with Mo, Bobby and myself.”
The rest of the world is aware of how prolific and impressive they’ve been. All three were nominated for the 2019 Ballon d’Or, and it’s not hard to see why. If Liverpool do end up breaking their league title drought, these three men will be a big reason why.