Liverpool saw their unbeaten run in the Premier League this season come to an end with their 3-2 defeat against West Ham United at The London Stadium.
An early own goal from Reds goalkeeper Alisson Becker put the visitors behind in the early stages before they managed to equalise with a brilliant free-kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The second half saw Jurgen Klopp’s side concede two more goals from Pablo Fornals and Kurt Zouma before substitute Divock Origi managed to pull another goal back for Liverpool.
One player that featured in the match for Liverpool that didn’t cover himself in glory on this occasion, arguably even more so than Alisson, was Sadio Mane.
The Brazilian goalkeeper was at fault for all three of the goals that the Reds conceded, helplessly flapping at the opener before struggling for the rest of the game. However, they were far from perfect in offensive areas either.
In the full 90 minutes that he was on the pitch for, Mane missed two big chances to score and surrendered possession on 13 occasions during a dismal outing for the Senegal international.
He won just two of the six duels he was involved in, didn’t make any tackles and was dribbled past twice by an opponent. That ultimately earned him an overall match rating of 6.2/10, making him the lowest-rated outfield Liverpool player on the day according to SofaScore, highlighting just how disappointing he was on the day in an attacking and defensive sense, undoubtedly letting Klopp down in the process.
Although he threatened in the final third, it was his late miss that just about summed up Liverpool’s day when they had an ideal opportunity to equalise and take home a point but he somehow failed to find the net.
So far this season, Mane has played the full 90 minutes in all but one of Liverpool’s Premier League games so far this season, scoring six goals in the process, showing that he has been an important attacking figure for Klopp in this campaign, but just couldn’t help his side secure a win on this occasion.
This suggests to us that while his place in the team may not be under threat for the time being, Mane will need to make sure he doesn’t keep delivering underwhelming performances going forward as he did on Sunday so Liverpool can keep up with the likes of West Ham as well as Chelsea and Manchester City at the top of the league table.
Moving forward, with the latest international break underway, everyone at the Merseyside club will undoubtedly be hoping that Mane, who is currently earning a weekly wage of £100k-per-week according to Spotrac, and the rest of his teammates can put this defeat behind them and focus on getting back to winning ways when the Premier League returns in a couple of weeks.