Liverpool got off to an absolutely rip-roaring start against Arsenal on Sunday and few had expect Jurgen Klopp’s side to be so good.
The German’s side raced into a 4-1 lead in the second half and really looked to be dominating the tie. Two sloppy goals reduced the defect but at times, Liverpool looked very much like a side that could compete for the Premier League title this season.
And it’s fair to say their forward line was spear-headed by one man in particular: Sadio Mane.
The summer recruit from Liverpool looked sensational for the Reds, scoring once and giving absolutely everything as his new side silenced the Emirates on at least half-a-dozen occasions throughout the ninety minutes.
Whilst Arsenal capitulated, the Senegalese international got better and better and he really showed us why Jurgen Klopp paid so much money for him this summer.
So with this in mind, here’s THREE reasons why Sadio Mane could prove to be the signing of not just the summer, but the whole season…
What struck so many people about Mane’s performance against Arsenal was the sheer pace and power he has in his game.
We saw it at both Southampton and Salzburg but not quite on this level and it made for exciting viewing for Liverpool supporters.
His inspired ability to run at the Arsenal defence was so clear to see and it really did add a different dimension to Liverpool’s game that we haven’t seen for years.
We’ve seen sides to Sadio Mane that may suggest he has a poor disciplinary record at St Mary’s but if he can channel that aggression on the pitch for the Reds, then his game can get even better.
He showed that in the game at the Emirates but in the best way possible. Model professionals have elements of aggression in their game and its really not a bad thing, when utilised in the best way possible.
If I was Jurgen Klopp I’d be seriously tempted to try and deploy the Senegalese international as a striker, if his ability allowed it.
Liverpool played Roberto Firmino upfront against Arsenal and although he looked good, if we’re being honest, we know he’s more of an attacking midfielder.
Mane’s pace, power and finishing ability pointed to his ability to potentially play as a striker and if Jurgen Klopp can develop this side of him, he could become huge.
Mark my words.