Connect with us

sadio-mane

When an attacker’s goals and assists record rise, so does his stock too. Yet when the same player is absent and the club crumbles in front of goal, his stock certainly hits the roof, proving his importance to his team.

At present, one does not need any sort of clue as its Liverpool’s Sadio Mane. They look like a completely different side without the former Southampton star. Mane hit the ground running as soon as he arrived at Anfield for £34 million in the summer, and he proved it was a bargain fee as he went on to score 9 goals and laid on 4 assists before leaving to the African Cup of Nations to represent Senegal.

However, Mane and his country’s dream of championship success was cut short after they were eliminated by Cameroon on Saturday. Despite being an important cog in Senegal’s attacking wheel, the 24-year-old missed the only penalty of a nail-biting shoot-out where Cameroon cruised to the semi-finals with a 5-4 victory. The aftermath of the miss saw Mane dangling with mixed emotions, with the feel that he was responsible for his team’s early exit.

Liverpool fans certainly felt bad to see Mane in such situation. On the other hand, it was confetti before their eyes as their much-needed talisman is set to return to England’s top flight, and hopefully in time for the upcoming tie against table-toppers Chelsea at home.

Klopp’s men have only secured one win in their last seven games without the jet-heeled winger and his return could instantly turn their fortunes around. Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup fourth round was completely eclipsed by Mane’s return on Twitter. Here are some of the best tweets.

https://twitter.com/smtm_LFC/status/825462903931285507

https://twitter.com/MohitLFC_/status/825462128190554113

 

It’s somewhat a surprise, how can a single player’s absence affect the whole team’s momentum at once? Klopp is absolutely antithesis to the intentions of placing his responsibilities on an individual and Liverpool’s attacking play before Mane left was nothing but full of movements and ideas, one could never pick Mane as the only jewel in the crown. Even in matches where the winger was underperforming, Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino, Phillippe Coutinho and even Divork Origi stepped up and got the job done.

Perhaps, that was the reason Klopp wasn’t so keen to sign stopgaps as he placed immense faith on the remaining players to dismiss the thought that Mane’s change of pace, attacking prowess and work-rate would be a miss.

No doubt, the Senegal attacker won’t walk into the first team straight away as he would surely be shackled with weariness and sentiments of missing out a trophy with his country. Nevertheless, a moral boost is expected within the squad and especially the fans, as it’s going to be a silent winter window for Liverpool yet again.

http://www.squawka.com/news/get-that-mane-on-a-plane-liverpool-fans-react-as-sadio-manes-senegal-are-eliminated-from-afcon/889875

Continue Reading
Advertisement
1 Comment

ARTICLES

Newcastle United interested in signing highly-rated 21-year-old Liverpool starlet

Published

on

Dominic Solanke

Newcastle United are interested in Dominic Solanke, according to the Newcastle Chronicle (h/t Liverpool Echo). The report claims that the club is also looking at another Liverpool striker, Divock Origi.

The club already have a couple of players on loan from English sides, Salomon Rondon and Kenedy, and would not be allowed to make another loan move in the January window.

Solanke has struggled for game time this season and hasn’t played a single minute of football for the senior side. The 21-year-old did score a goal for the Reds in the Premier League last season and made 21 appearances in the competition.

Dominic Solanke of Liverpool

Dominic Solanke

However, only five of those were starts and the youngster hasn’t featured in any of the cup games this season either. Minutes on the pitch will be tough for the Englishman as Liverpool prefer Roberto Firmino to lead the attack.

Daniel Sturridge has seen a revival in his Anfield career this season and has four goals to his name in all competitions.

Read more: “Special type of player” – Some Liverpool fans believe on-loan youngster is a future star after a fantastic free-kick

Solanke does need time on the pitch to get better and it will be interesting to see if we are willing to let him leave in the winter window or not.

Continue Reading

ARTICLES

Liverpool injury update: Reds confirm that star attacker has undergone a successful surgery

Published

on

Sadio Mane

Liverpool have confirmed via their official website that star attacker Sadio Mane underwent hand surgery on an injury he picked up during international duty.

The Senegalese star’s surgery was supervised by our medics and was successful. The report adds that Mane’s recovery will be monitored in the coming days ahead of our clash against Huddersfield on Saturday.

The 26-year-old is on a bit of a goal drought as he hasn’t scored for club or country since September 1. Mane’s last goal came in the 2-1 win over Leicester and the 26-year-old doesn’t even have an assist to his name since scoring that goal against the Foxes.

Liverpool need their top stars to be firing but have a number of injury concerns ahead of the Huddersfield clash. Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and James Milner all have issues that the club have to keep an eye on but we could see a couple of them start against the Terriers.

The Reds haven’t won a game since their 3-0 triumph over Southampton on 22nd September, but we should start as favourites against a win-less Huddersfield.

It will be interesting to see what Jurgen Klopp does with his team. We don’t have tough fixtures until te game against Arsenal November 3, and this is the ideal time for the manager to rotate the squad.

Read more: Liverpool charter private jet to fly injured superstar back to the UK – a blow to the Reds

Mane is an important player for the team but he should only play when he is 100% fit.

Continue Reading

ARTICLES

Barcelona interested in January swoop for 29-year-old Liverpool star

Published

on

Dejan Lovren Mohamed Salah

Dejan Lovren is on the short-list for Barcelona ahead of the January window, according to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Express).

The Croatian has a couple of starts for the Reds this season, with one coming in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City last week.

The 29-year-old has seen his spot in the starting XI taken up by Joe Gomez. Liverpool seem to prefer a centre-back pairing of Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, and that has seen us concede just three goals in eight Premier League games.

The La Liga champions are facing a bit of a crisis at the back, as per the report. Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen are out for a while and that only leaves Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet as the fit central defenders in the team.

Dejan Lovren Virgil van Dijk Liverpool

Barcelona haven’t looked invincible this season and have conceded nine goals in eight games. They sit second in the league behind Sevilla and have won just four of their opening eight games in the competition.

Lovren, for his part, recently came back from an injury he picked up during the World Cup. The Croatian looked in decent touch against Manchester City and selling him in January would be a big risk taken by the Reds.

Read more: “It’s gone great”, “Another one” – Some Liverpool fans curse luck with star player picking up injury

Liverpool only have Joel Matip as their other senior central defender and we need to keep the Croatian at the club until the end of the season just in case there’s an injury crisis.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2018 TheKopTimes.com