After controversially seeing red for that challenge on Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, Sadio Mane’s spent the last few weeks stuck on the sidelines, his only solace coming in the form of Liverpool’s Champions League campaign.
But the Senegal international is now available for selection domestically after serving his three-game suspension and judging by his performance against Spartak Moscow last night, he’s raring to return to the Premier League with a bang this weekend.
Indeed, a 1-1 draw represented a frustrating night for Liverpool in the Russian capital, one that actually saw them have four times as many efforts on goal as the hosts and a late potential winner from Daniel Sturridge clip the woodwork.
But Mane himself, who Transfermarkt value at £36million, enjoyed a relatively productive evening. In fact, it was one of his three created chances that lead to Philippe Coutinho’s goal during the first half, playing a cute one-two with the Brazilian, while he also beat his man five times and launched seven crosses into the box.
Perhaps most impressively considering he’s made just one appearance since the sending off at the Etihad Stadium, the 25-year-old wasn’t dispossessed once by the Spartak defence and committed just a single unsuccessful touch.
Clearly eager and certainly in good form, Mane looks ready to get his Premier League campaign back on track this Saturday when his side travel to Newcastle.