Liverpool opinion – Sadio Mane’s incredible numbers this season
Liverpool are back on the top of the league table after just about getting the better of Fulham. They are currently two points ahead at the top. However, defending champions Manchester City do have a game in hand, which is against Manchester United at Old Trafford next month.
As we enter the final few rounds of this gruelling title race, there is something that is going right in the direction of the Reds – Sadio Mane’s hot streak of form in front of goal.
The Senegalese international is probably the hottest property in the Premier League right now, as he can’t help himself but score goals in almost every game.
His brace at Bayern Munich to put Liverpool through to the last-eight of the Champions League wasn’t too shabby either.
With Mohamed Salah struggling to put the ball in the back of the net, the timing of Mane’s hot form cannot be more impeccable. Let’s analyse his performance in the Premier League this season and use some stats to back the facts up:
Stats Analysis – Sadio Mane
Mane has scored 17 goals in 29 league appearances this season and is currently joint-second in the golden boot race behind Sergio Aguero, who has 18.
In fact, if we remove the goals scored from the penalty spot by other players, it is the Liverpool man who edges ahead, as he hasn’t taken a single spot-kick for the Reds in the league this season.
Other than that, there are various aspects of Mane’s game that make him one of the main men in Jurgen Klopp’s team.
The 26-year-old’s dribble rate of 1.6 and key pass rate of 1.1 shows that he is capable of taking defenders on and providing the final balls that create goal-scoring opportunities.
He has attempted 2.4 shots per game so far, which epitomises his confidence to have a pop at goal and test the opposition goalkeeper whenever the chance comes. (Whoscored)
The best trait of Mane’s game is his contribution to the team without the ball. He, along with Roberto Firmino and Salah, defend from the front and help the team stay compact.
For this reason, the Liverpool’s front three is one of the best in the world, as they are capable of tearing teams apart both on and off the ball.
Right now, Mane is probably edging ahead in terms of providing the telling benefaction to the team.
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It is pretty clear that Liverpool are in the title race that may go down to the final day of the season. Furthermore, a deep run in the Champions League is possible as well.
While Salah has hit a roadblock in terms of scoring, Mane has stepped up for the Reds and he could probably be the main man as they reach out for potential success by the end of this juggernaut of a campaign.