Tuesday evening’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Spain was a hugely frustrating and disappointing evening for Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds’ familiar defensive woes reared their heads again as a brace from Vinicius Junior, alongside a strike from Marcos Asensio, saw the reigning Premier League champions humbled at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano.
Despite that, it was also in their attacking play that Liverpool hugely underwhelmed, a key protagonist to that being forward Sadio Mane.
Having previously been hailed as “world class” by Reds’ boss Klopp, the former Southampton man did not get anywhere near that level in Madrid.
According to WhoScored, the Senegalese wideman did not contribute a single shot or key pass, whilst just two dribbles were the pinnacle of his evening’s work in Spain.
His lack of threat was certainly a worrying sign but the regularity in which he conceded possession will be what angers the Reds and of course Klopp most.
Mane had as many as eight unsuccessful touches throughout the evening – at least five more than anybody else on the pitch for both teams.
Meanwhile, he only had 40 touches of the ball during the game – this figure only being better than Naby Keita, who was substituted in the 40th minute, goalkeeper Alisson and two out of the three Reds’ substitutes: Xherdan Shaqiri and Roberto Firmino.
Even when Mane did get the ball, he could not do much with it at all.
Alongside all of the occasions where his touch let him down, he could only complete 22 passes throughout his entire time on the pitch whilst both of his attempted crosses evaded his teammates.
Mane’s evening was compounded with a booking that he picked up in the first-half for his complaints to the referee.
Jurgen Klopp will surely have expected more from one of his stars in Madrid.