Despite being somewhat famed for his instrumental influence on Liverpool’s win rate during his debut season at Anfield, Sadio Mane’s found himself a surprisingly expendable figure in recent weeks.
Indeed, he was left out of the starting XI that drew with Chelsea on Merseyside last month and didn’t even make it on from the bench as the Reds destroyed Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.
Which all begs the question of whether Mane actually makes Liverpool’s strongest starting XI at this moment in time, especially for the big games.
That’s not an indictment on the 48-cap Senegal international’s ability with four goals and three assists already this season, more a question of whether there’s really room for him in the same team as Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino without exposing Jurgen Klopp’s side too much defensively.
So, Liverpool fans, with the Merseyside derby on the horizon, would you start Mane this Sunday? Let us know by voting below…