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‘Looking really sharp’: Jamie Carragher makes prediction about £34m Liverpool star

Jamie Carragher is predicting a “big season” lies ahead for Liverpool star Sadio Mane, who’s impressed him during pre-season.

Mane, 29, was criticised at times during the last campaign for his performances. In fairness, he ended up with 16 goals and nine assists across all competitions. However, his all-round game and impact wasn’t quite on par with previous years. 

The rapid left-winger did finish the previous campaign with a flurry of goal contributions, so perhaps he can carry that into the new one. 

He’s been a bargain £34million attacker for Liverpool, but the arrival of Diogo Jota to the squad has cranked up pressure on competition for places.

Carragher feels Mane’s standards dipped last year. He’s confident though there will be a huge response from him.

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“I am expecting a big season from Mane. He didn’t have his best season but he’s looking really sharp in pre-season, hopefully he can be the guy who can plug that gap in terms of goals,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

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Sadio Mane is still a class act for Liverpool

Mane is only a victim of his own success when it comes to criticism last year. He still played his part for Jurgen Klopp’s side and it will be no surprise if he returns to his dazzling best. 

It’s interesting to see he’s now just five goals short of joining the Premier League 100 club.

The way he’s been a goal machine at Merseyside is phenomenal because he’s been doing it against some of the best defences around for years. 

Didier Drogba is currently the only African player in Premier League history to reach 100. However, Mane (95) and Egyptian teammate Mohamed Salah (95) are on the brink of joining that club.

In other news, ‘Cracking talent’, ‘Puts himself about’: Some Newcastle fans hail 18-year-old prospect in pre-season win

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