Sadio Mané has been on scintillating form to start the season. After scoring two goals in the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea on Wednesday, Mané proved to be a constant thorn in the side of his former club, Southampton.
While Liverpool struggled mightily in the first half, the Senegalese dynamo provided a superb strike just before the halftime whistle to put his side ahead.
“When I saw Millie I knew he was going to give me the ball, then I saw the man, no-one was close to me, they stood off and I tried to go a bit outside and put the ball inside.”
Put the ball inside indeed. Mané put his rocket of a curler just inside the far post. That goal proved to be the spark that got the Liverpool attack firing.
In the second half, Sadio Mane proved what Liverpool fans know to be true, give the ball to Bobby and he will score. After pressing the ball high up the pitch, Mane created a turnover and immediately fed a square ball to Roberto Firmino just inside the box. The Brazilian finished with aplomb.
Mané proved to be an essential cog on both ends of the pitch. He finished the match with 5 key chances created on the offensive end, while leading the team with 3 tackles. His efforts earned him the Man of the Match plaudits on the highly scientific TLO poll, as well as the official LFC fan poll.
“I’ve been working so hard and will keep on working hard,” said Sadio of his efforts on the field. “That’s it, I’m just trying to do everything to help my team. And, at the end of the day, the important thing is the three points.”
After winning a share of the Golden Boot in the Premier League last season, and leading Senegal to the finals of the African Cup Of Nations, Mané has shown that he is just more than just a complementary player. He has proven he is just as an essential part of the attacking triumvirate for Liverpool alongside Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino, and has proven his consistency since he joined. In his 3 full seasons with the team, Mané has averaged a goal or an assist just over every 120 minutes.
While Sadio Mané may be a quiet man with bright smile off the field, his play on the pitch speaks volumes. The only question about Mané is whether or not he will be able to mimic Roberto Firmino’s latest goal celebration.