Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was effusive in his praise of Sadio Mane during last night’s broadcast of Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
Mane opened the scoring for Liverpool once again in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea and Carragher was keen to highlight his impact and just how good he thinks he is.
When asked by Gary Neville, if he had to lose one of Mane or Mo Salah for the run-in, who he would choose, Carragher answered; “Salah. They’ve got the same amount of goals.
“Mane was the one who got Liverpool back. He was Klopp’s first big signing; got Liverpool into the top four, then it was the Champions League final, now this season, challenging for the title.
“I think of the team when we challenged in 2009 and if we had Sadio Mane in that team, we’d have won the league. It would have made a massive difference.”
Carragher’s analysis of Mane’s impact obviously means even more given how close he is to the club and also the fact that there is no sharper pundit out there right now.
The absolute key for Liverpool of late has been the amount of goals in which Mane has scored first, breaking the deadlock at the stage of the season when matches can swiftly get tight, tense and nervous.
Few would have made Mane more valuable to Liverpool than Salah last season, but Carragher’s view makes it clear just how much the former Southampton man has improved.