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Carragher: Mane is Liverpool's best wide player in 30 years

Jamie Carragher has lavished Sadio Mane with high praise, comparing him with a Reds legend of the past and saying he is more irreplaceable in terms of Liverpool's title prospects than Mo Salah.

Carragher was speaking on Sky Sports' Monday night Football and left no one under any illusion to how highly he rates the Senegal international.

 

The Liverpool Echo reported Carragher as saying;

"I think sometimes he goes under the radar. 

"You talk about Salah and the goalkeeper (Allison) and the impact these players have had, he's (Mane) the best wide player Liverpool have had in 30 years. You have to go back to John Barnes since Liverpool have had a player like Mane.

 

"That is big because John Barnes is in my top five or six players to have ever played for Liverpool."

His fellow pundit Gary Neville then asked the legendary Liverpool defender that if he had to choose one of Salah or Mane to miss the key games of the title run-in, which one would it be.

Once again Carra did not hesitate.

"Salah. They have the same amount of goals. I'm a massive fan of Mane.

"Mane is the one that got Liverpool back. 

"He was Jurgen Klopp's first big signing. He's been there from the very start."

 

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Carragher knows first hand about the pressure of a title run-in, having lived through it in 2008/9.

In that season, just like this current campaign, the Reds proved a very tough team to beat losing just two games. The current side have lost just once and have some pretty good football betting odds to win the title this season.

However, in 2009 it was the inability to break down well organised defences which led to costly draws that was the main issue, and they eventually finished four points behind Man United.

Carragher said that Mane was just the type of player which would have proved the difference during that season.

"We didn't have a wide player in 2009. 

"If you look at the teams that win the title, the wide players stand out massively. If we'd had Mane in 2009, I think we would have won the league."

Carragher is also a big believer of setting the tone in matches. It's all very well getting a double when your team is already 3-0 up, but which player is going to do the hard yards in putting your team on the path of victory.

Carragher said Mane has been the main man in that regard.

"Going through Liverpool's last eleven games and in the first four, Mane got the first goal." 

"There are only two other Liverpool players who have scored the first goal in those eleven matches (Roberto Firmino vs Burnley and Tottenham and Naby Keita against Southhampton).

"That's how vital Mane is."

While the overall impact of Salah over the past two seasons is indisputable, without Mane's goals over the past two months, City would be home and hosed in the title race.

Once an unsung hero, Sadio is now getting the recognition he truly deserves.

 

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Jamie Carragher has lavished Sadio Mane with high praise, comparing him with a Reds legend of the past and saying he is more irreplaceable in terms of Liverpool's title prospects than Mo Salah.

Carragher was speaking on Sky Sports' Monday night Football and left no one under any illusion to how highly he rates the Senegal international.

 

The Liverpool Echo reported Carragher as saying;

" I think sometimes he goes under the radar. 

"You talk about Salah and the goalkeeper (Allison) and the impact these players have had, he's (Mane) the best wide player Liverpool have had in 30 years.

You have to go back to John Barnes since Liverpool have had a player like Mane.

 

"That is big because John Barnes is in my top five or six players to have ever played for Liverpool."

His fellow pundit Gary Neville then asked the legendary Liverpool defender that if he had to choose one of Salah or Mane to miss the key games of the title run-in, which one would it be.

Once again Carra did not hesitate.

"Salah They have the same amount of goals. I'm a massive fan of Mane.

"Mane is the one that got Liverpool back. 

"He was Jurgen Klopp's first big signing. He's been there from the very start."

 

mane3_600.jpg

Carragher knows first hand about the pressure of a title run-in, having lived through it in 2008/9.

In that season, just like this current campaign, the Reds proved a very tough team to beat losing just two games.

However, it was the inability to break down well organised defences which led to costly draws that was the main issue, and they eventually finished four points behind Man United.

Carragher said that Mane was just the type of player which would have proved the difference during that season.

"We didn't have a wide player in 2009. 

"If you look at the teams that win the title, the wide players stand out massively. If we'd had Mane in 2009, I think we would have won the league."

Carragher is also a big believer of setting the tone in matches.

It's all very well getting a double when your team is already 3-0 up, but which player is going to do the hard yards in putting your team on the path of victory.

Carragher said Mane has been the main man in that regard.

"Going through Liverpool's last eleven games and in the first four, Mane got the first goal." 

"There are only two other Liverpool players who have scored the first goal in those eleven matches (Roberto Firmino vs Burnley and Tottenham and Naby Keita against Southhampton).

"That's how vital Mane is."

While the overall impact of Salah over the past two seasons is indisputable, without Mane's goals over the past two months, City would be home and hosed in the title race.

Once a unsung hero, Sadio is now getting the recognition he truly deserves.
 

 

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I'm not sure he's technically correct. Although Jan Molby hasn't played for Liverpool in over 30 years, certainly Neil Ruddock has. The best wide player for Liverpool in the last 30 years.

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Absolute nonsense from Carra.

Salah score and create more goals than Mane, he makes more space for his teammates than Mane in the way that the opposition always double up on him or even triple up on him because they are terrified of what he can do to them.

Mane is a superb player, but Salah is different class. Not even questionable.

When Salah is out we usually fall apart a bit, when mane is out we dont really see much of a difference, thank God Salah is almost never out.

Salah PL stats:
17/18: 34 (2) - 32 goals - 10 assists
18/19: 33 (1) - 19 goals - 7 assists
Total: 67 (3) - 51 goals - 17 assists

Mane PL stats:
17/18: 21 (1) - 10 goals - 7 assists
18/19: 31 (1) - 18 goals - 1 assist
Total: 51 (2) - 28 goals - 8 assists

Salah CL stats:
17/18: 12 (1) - 10 goals - 4 assists
18/19: 9 (0) - 3 goals - 1 assist
Total: 21 (1) - 13 goals - 5 assists

Mane CL stats:
17/18: 11 (0) - 10 goals - 1 assist
18/19: 9 (0) - 3 goals -  0 assists
Total: 20 (0) - 13 goals - 1 assist
 

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3 minutes ago, The Guest said:

Rafa would have played Kuyt ahead of Salah.  He’d have probably ruined Mane’s career as well.  Neg away.

 

What's it got to do with Newcastle's manager?

 

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There’s not a lot in it but Salah is a better player than Mane.  He hasn’t been this season though.  After Big Virg it’s a toss up between Mane and Robertson who’s been our best player 

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I think to just call Mane 'a wide player' understates how good he is and how much he does for the team. Our front three are so fluid that its difficult to just stick labels on them in conventional terms. I'd say Mane is much more than simply a wide player.

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43 minutes ago, The Guest said:

Rafa would have played Kuyt ahead of Salah.  He’d have probably ruined Mane’s career as well.  Neg away.

Yes. Dreadful manager, wasn't he?

 

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1 hour ago, VladimirIlyich said:

I think to just call Mane 'a wide player' understates how good he is and how much he does for the team. Our front three are so fluid that its difficult to just stick labels on them in conventional terms. I'd say Mane is much more than simply a wide player.

I think to be fair that Sadio is expected to do a bit more of the donkey work tracking back than Mo.

 

They are both brilliant, both different & we are extremely lucky to have them , so can't really see much reason to be worrying about ' who is better '

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16 minutes ago, sir roger said:

They are both brilliant, both different & we are extremely lucky to have them , so can't really see much reason to be worrying about ' who is better '

 

Well, in that case, you should be paid the big bucks and take over from Carra on the telly.

 

Because that's what he should have fucking said.

 

 

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Who have our wide players been between Barnes and these two now?

 

off the top of my head I can think of (not including Dirk and Stevie who played there but arent)

 

McManaman

Pennant

Leonhardsen

Babel

Riera

Barmby (maybe should be classed with Dirk and Stevie)

Kewell

Smicer

Diouff (yuck)

 

who else?

 

kewell should’ve been better than he was, and Macca was ace till he fucked off, but that’s really not a good list!

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3 minutes ago, El Rojo said:

You know we're doing well when people are arguing about which of two brilliant players are better.

 

I know, Carra's arguments really warm the heart.

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Vladi was a favourite of mine. Probably a bit lightweight for the honest-clogger nature of the English domestic game, but still a lovely little footballer who had a colossal impact in Istanbul with his goal and penalty. Met him a few times and he's as sound as you'd imagine.

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15 minutes ago, El Rojo said:

Vladi was a favourite of mine. Probably a bit lightweight for the honest-clogger nature of the English domestic game, but still a lovely little footballer who had a colossal impact in Istanbul with his goal and penalty. Met him a few times and he's as sound as you'd imagine.

Still can't reconcile his little innocent face with Carra's interview with Dave , outing him and Paddy as sitting on the coach to away games poring over extreme porn mags ( Vladi not Dave )

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41 minutes ago, Bob Spunkmouse said:

Who have our wide players been between Barnes and these two now?

 

off the top of my head I can think of (not including Dirk and Stevie who played there but arent)

 

McManaman

Pennant

Leonhardsen

Babel

Riera

Barmby (maybe should be classed with Dirk and Stevie)

Kewell

Smicer

Diouff (yuck)

 

who else?

 

kewell should’ve been better than he was, and Macca was ace till he fucked off, but that’s really not a good list!

Yossi B. Lovely footballer. 

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