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Mohamed Salah vs Sadio Mane : A Statistical Comparison Of The Two Dynamic Liverpool Wingers

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Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah vs Sadio Mane : Stats Comparison From 2019/20 Season

Salah and Mane, both of them are world class wingers and are known for having similar sort of attributes. They are pacy, love to do layoffs, dribble past the defence with great footwork, like to cut inside and create space inside the box. Statistics might not be the actual parameters to judge one’s quality all the time, yet we have tried to draw some comparisons between these two dynamic widemen.

Offensive Stats In Premier League – 2019:

Salah vs Mane Stats 2019 Stats
Salah vs Mane Stats 2019 Stats

Passing Stats In Premier league 2019:

Salah vs Mane Stats - Passing
Salah vs Mane Stats – Passing

Comparison Summary

  • In direct goal contribution, Salah (7 goals) is leading Mane (6) but just by one goal
  • Salah (3.3 shots/game) is again ahead of Mane (2.4 shots/game) in shots per game.
  • Salah’s 3 assists so far in the league is 2 more than Mane.
  • Even in key passes, the Egyptian winger leads with 2 key passes/game to Mane’s 1.4 keypasses/game.

Stats shows that Salah is ahead in most of the key stats, but the gap is easily catchable if Mane can have a good run of games.

Note: Salah has played 100 minutes more than Mane in the league so far.

Mohamed Salah vs Sadio Mane : Stats Comparison From 2016/17 Season

Liverpool’s pursuit of AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah dragged on for too long, but the deal is finally done and Salah is a Liverpool player.

Salah, 25, joined league rivals Chelsea back in 2014. But the wingman struggled to have enough game-time under Jose Mourinho and was later loaned to Serie A side Fiorentina. His impressive loan spell attracted interests from several Italian outfits and AS Roma managed to seize a deal on loan and made the move permanent last year following some compelling football.

The Serie A heavyweights, meanwhile, have no option but to sell players within 30th June in order to avoid a transfer ban for breaching Financial Fair Play rules and have reluctantly let Salah return to Premier League ahead of the upcoming campaign.

The Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was keen to add a wide attacker to his side and has ended up adding Salah. Liverpool, known for muddling around transfer deals, seem to have struck it this time, despite conducting over-stretched negotiations.

Sadio Mane

Salah, predominantly left-footed, usually operates on the right flank, similar to Sadio Mane who had a scintillating debut campaign for the Reds. As things stand, both of them will start together and keep on changing flanks in Klopp’s ‘heavy metal football’ system. The German gaffer will have his time to work with the combinations during pre-season that will help him making decisions prior to Premier League as well as Champions League football.

Squawka’s comparison matrix has helped us to derive a statistical analysis:

Salah, the Egyptian international, has edged Sadio Mane, the Liverpool FC Fans and Players’ Player of the Year 2016–17, in most aspects. Approximately, he has played an average of two key passes per game compared to Mane’s 1.5 and has created more chances than the Senegalese international. Although the ex-Southampton forward has registered a number of successful passes as well as accurate shots, his new teammate has assisted more than twice compared to him.

Their successful take-on percentage is almost identical, but Salah has won more number of tackles, whereas, Sadio Mane, known for his blistering pace and dribbling skills, has been fouled more than twice compared to the Reds’ high-profile new recruit.

Nevertheless, these two can form a lethal partnership upfront alongside the Samba boys Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino. A few new reinforcements in other areas, as well as a less injury-riddled campaign, might take them closer to a title glory.