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Sadio Mane put in a shocking performance in Liverpool’s defeat against Atalanta

Sadio Mane produced a shocking performance in Liverpool’s surprise 2-0 defeat against Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Senegalese winger put in an uncharacteristically poor display against the Serie A side, with Gian Piero Gasperini’s side able to effectively shut him out of the game.

As per SofaScore, Mane picked up a 6.4 rating for his performance, with only Divock Origi and Konstantinos Tsimikas rated lower of any Liverpool player who started the game.

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The 28-year-old was unable to register a single shot on goal during his 90 minutes on the pitch, with the Italians producing a superb defensive performance.

Mane was also successful in just one of his four attempted dribbles on Wednesday night, whilst his passing was also not at his usual high standard, with just 16/25 of his passes finding their mark, resulting in a poor accuracy rate of 64%.

The former Southampton man has earned a reputation during his time at Anfield for being able to bully his opponents and win the ball back high up the pitch, but he was very much second-best against Atalanta.

Of the 13 ground duels he was involved in, he was able to win just six; whilst he also failed to win any of his three aerial duels, meaning he won just 37.5% of his duels on the night.

To complete a shocking display, Mane managed to lose possession on no fewer than 19 occasions, with it clear that the Reds were beaten by the better team on the evening.

Klopp described the winger as the “complete player” in a press conference during the summer but considering he has now failed to find the back of the net in his last three Liverpool games, it appears that he is in something of a slump.

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However, Mane has still had an excellent start to the Premier League season, having averaged a superb 7.72 rating across his eight appearances in the top-flight, so hopefully, it won’t be long until he ends his mini drought and gets his name back on the scoresheet.

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