Analysing Sadio Mane's role in Liverpool's 4-1 win over Leicester
Sadio Mane summed up Liverpool’s performance last night. Electric, powerful and clinical, as Jurgen Klopp’s side thrashed champions Leicester City. Two goals from Roberto Firmino, and one each from Adam Lallana and the man himself, Mane, ended a good night in Liverpool’s new-look home. The Reds have started the season strongly, and that’s down on the main part to their new signing, who has hit the ground running throughout the opening weeks of the new campaign.
The 24-year-old started yesterday’s game on the right-hand side of a front-three, with Daniel Sturridge and Firmino. Starting right from the off, Mane played a one-two with Lallana, before providing Sturridge with an opportunity, with which he hit the post.
Liverpool went 1-0 up thanks to a Firmino goal, and the second came through the Senegalese international himself. Sturridge and Mane ran in behind, with the former setting up the new signing to dink Kasper Schmeichel and put Klopp’s side two up. That was Mane’s eighth goal in eight Premier League appearances.
In the second half, Mane’s running-in behind was causing all sorts of problems to a tired and erratic Leicester back-line. First of all, Schmeichel denied Mane getting his second by diving low and keeping it out, before the 24-year-old was central to Liverpool’s fourth and final goal.
The 30 million-plus signing was played clean through again, and this time was closed down by a desperate Leicester goal-keeper. Mane played it coolly round Schmeichel before unselfishly setting-up Firmino for his second of the game. A goal and an assist for the summer signing.
Analysing the Liverpool winger becomes even more incredible when it is considered that the one game Liverpool dropped points in this season, a 2-0 defeat to Burnley, Mane did not play. As good as the Reds have been, the 24-year-old seems to be central to their impressive performances. His free-running puts the fright into defenders, and causes mayhem. His second half at the Emirates only goes to conclude that further.
It was a magical performance. Five take-ons, three chances created, a goal and an assist. The stats all agree that Mane is in the perfect form this season, and by only playing once-a-week, his performances can be savoured and will put Klopp’s side further up the table, and increase their further chances of glory.
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