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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.

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Paris Saint-Germain set to sell 23-year-old Liverpool target for €15m this January

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Adrien Rabiot of PSG

Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain are willing to sell Adrien Rabiot for a cut-price of €15m, according to Marca (Mirror).

The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season, and PSG are not willing to let the midfielder leave for nothing.

Liverpool have been interested in the 23-year-old (h/t Mirror) and the report adds that Arsenal and Chelsea have also been keen on the Frenchman.

The report adds that Barcelona were close to landing Rabiot on a free but PSG claimed that the Catalans did not act “correctly”.

Rabiot’s wage demands could increase the overall value of the transfer, and the report adds that PSG are not willing to deal with Barcelona any more.

Adam Lallana Liverpool training

Adam Lallana of Liverpool

Liverpool could do with another quality midfielder in their side, despite having several options in the side.

However, Adam Lallana has had a tough time related to injuries while James Milner isn’t getting any younger at 33.

Jurgen Klopp has pulled off some great cheap signings with Joel Matip joining on a free while Andy Robertson and Xherdan Shaqiri have been smart purchases.

Read more: “It’s good for us”: Jurgen Klopp believes January break between games will help Liverpool do better

Rabiot has the talent to be one of the best in the world, but he needs to be under the right manager. Klopp has performed miracles with some players at Anfield, and it would be great to have a talent like the Frenchman playing for us.

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Former Manchester City midfielder “scared” of Liverpool in Premier League race

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Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure

Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has claimed that he is scared of Liverpool in the race for the Premier League.

The Ivorian won the Premier League with City a few years ago and was speaking on Sky Sports where he claimed that the Reds were doing well and were “very strong” (h/t Daily Star).

The midfielder lauded our efforts at reaching the Champions League final last season and claimed we were growing together.

Winning the Premier League in consecutive seasons is extremely tough, something that Toure touched upon. The former Barcelona midfielder spoke about Manchester City keeping hold of their title this season before adding that he was scared of the Reds:

“This year I know everybody was asking the question of what City are going to do this year.

“And I think we have to see what’s going to happen.

“To be honest, Liverpool are in good, good shape at the moment and I’m very scared of them.

“Liverpool are looking very, very scary this year.”

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah scores against Brighton

The Reds are four points clear at the top of the table after the latest round of fixtures. Liverpool needed to return to winning ways after losses against Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Jurgen Klopp’s men were professional against Brighton at the weekend with Mohamed Salah scoring the only goal of the game.

Read more: “It’s good for us”: Jurgen Klopp believes January break between games will help Liverpool do better

The Reds have some relatively easy fixtures coming up to keep hold of their lead in the Premier League, and hopefully, we can celebrate a first Premier League title this season.

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33 wins, 24 clean sheets – The numbers from this Liverpool star’s first 50 games for the Reds are incredible

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Mohamed Salah (L) and Virgil van Dijk celebrate for Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk played his 50th game for Liverpool against Brighton, and the Reds picked up all three points thanks to Mohamed Salah’s winner.

The Reds also kept a clean sheet, something that the defender would cherish and the Liverpool website shared some interesting facts from the Dutchman’s 50 games under Jurgen Klopp.

Fortress Anfield

Liverpool established their second longest run without conceding a league goal at Anfield in 2018. The Reds did not concede for 918 minutes as Callum Paterson scored for Cardiff in October to break a streak that started in Feb.

The Dutchman was the only defender to have played in all games that lasted the run.

24 clean sheets

This has got to be the best record of them all with almost half of the games Van Dijk played in yielding a clean sheet.

This season has been better with 13 clean sheets from 22 Premier League games as the Reds have tightened up the back thanks to the signing of Alisson.

Dominating the opposition

Van Dijk has an incredible success percentage when it comes to duels, with the defender winning 71.69% of the 445 contested duels.

The defender also leads the team in clearances (272), blocks (21) and interceptions (59).

Incredible passing numbers

Van Dijk has attempted more passes (3,643) than any other Liverpool player and has an accuracy of 88.64%.

33 wins

The Reds have been supreme this season with Van Dijk leading from the back, and we have lost just one game in the Premier League too.

Liverpool have won 33 of the games that Van Dijk has played in with seven draws and 10 defeats so far.

Read more: Liverpool enter race to sign 21-year-old Dutch powerhouse from Club Brugge

The Dutchman has been one of our best signings under Klopp and is well on his way to becoming a legend at the club if he keeps playing this way.

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