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2018/19 Season Report Card - Sadio Mane

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A year ago I saw Sadio Mané as very much the third man in the front three. He was boss but if another brilliant forward had dropped into our laps, Sadio would have been the obvious one to make way.

 

It wasn’t a vote against him, it was a vote for Mo (44 goals) and Bobby (loads of goals, loads of assists and also the glue that held it all together).


Now? Different story. Mané was our best forward this year. Statistically it was still Salah, but my eyes tell me that Mané was better despite what their respective seasons might look like on a spreadsheet.

 

Why was Mané better? He was more consistent, he had fewer bad games and his goals often seemed to be more crucial. There was a spell when Salah wasn’t scoring and it was Mané who picked up the slack and kept us going. He shared the Golden Boot with Salah and Aubamayeng but Mané was the only one who didn’t take pens, so he’s the real winner for me.

 

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He started the season brilliantly, he ended it brilliantly and although he had a couple of dry spells he never really let those standards drop much in between. This was the Mané I expected to see LAST season, but as well as he did in 17/18 he was streaky and had some poor runs of form.

 

This year he just seemed to have a swagger about him. Klopp says it’s because he’s finally realised just how good he is. Maybe last year when Mo was tearing it up, Sadio contented himself with a supporting role, like the Manic Street Preachers to Bon Jovi at Anfield last week. Now Mané isn’t a support act for anyone. He’s not the Manics, he’s the fucking Proclaimers. A headline act.

 

As I say though, this is what I expected from him. In his first season with us I thought he was our Player of the Season, even though Coutinho got it. You’d see things from Sadio that would make you think he could be anything he wants to be. He never seems to get tired, he’s one of the quickest I’ve seen over a few yards (teenage Michael Owen is the only one who rivals him) and you can’t kick him out of a game as he just gets up and gets on with it. He didn’t always put it together consistently but there was world class talent there right from day one.

 

 

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Loved how much he was celebrating oul big ears and how much it meant to him. The last couple of months of the season It felt like he was on mission to win a trophy with us. 

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7 hours ago, mgw100 said:

Should be a 10. What more do you want from a wide forward?

Well last season Mo got a 10 for scoring 44 goals. So that set a high bar.

 

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1 hour ago, dave u said:

Well last season Mo got a 10 for scoring 44 goals. So that set a high bar.

 

Yes, well, fair point. 

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Nobody seems to have mentioned/noticed the part he played in the first goal against Barcelona in the 4-0.

 

The ball was coming long, and he made a move as if to challenge Jordi Alba (?) in the air. But instead, moved forward away from him. Alba had already committed himself to the header, and ended up heading it to Mane, who had acres of space to play it to Henderson, and the rest is history!

 

Drop it!

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1 hour ago, TheHowieLama said:

@dave u All well and good this but the real question is what does your Dad think of him?

He likes him but not as much as he likes Shaqiri.

 

He likes everyone now though. Wijnaldum and Matip took a long time to win him over though.

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22 minutes ago, dave u said:

He likes him but not as much as he likes Shaqiri.

 

He likes everyone now though. Wijnaldum and Matip took a long time to win him over though.

 

What does your Mum think of Lallana trying to hang about for another year? 

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23 hours ago, dave u said:

He likes him but not as much as he likes Shaqiri.

 

He likes everyone now though. Wijnaldum and Matip took a long time to win him over though.

Usher's dad in racist shocker !!!!!!!! The Scouse Alf Garnett

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On 27/06/2019 at 12:20, Jimmy Hill's Chin said:

Undoubtedly my favourite player amongst a team of giants. His celebration after the final were awesome.

His (non) interview after the final where he was just so happy that he couldn't actually speak. The interviewer finally gave up and pulled Gini over!

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