Peter Crouch has admitted he loves watching Liverpool’s Sadio Mane in action after his brilliant performance in the Merseyside derby.
The rapid attacker played a starring role on Wednesday night, as the Reds thumped rivals Everton 5-2 at Anfield in the Premier League.
Mane, 27, was instrumental with a goal and two assists, while teammates Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah were dropped to the bench for rest.
Jurgen Klopp’s team are flying at the top of the league as it stands with 14 wins and one draw from the opening 15 fixtures, with second-placed Leicester City the closest challengers eight points adrift.
Mane has arguably been the standout player in the division and he looks unplayable in the final third.
The left-winger has now directly been involved in 20 goals in 21 games across all competitions this campaign and is getting better.
Ex-Liverpool forward Crouch has noticed the improvement in his game and was left praising him after his latest display.
“Mane has gone up a level again for me. I just love watching him play. Electric. Devastating,” Crouch told Prime Video’s coverage of Liverpool v Everton (10:15pm, 4 December).
Mane certainly has improved by working under Klopp and is a much bigger talent than the one that arrived for £34million (BBC) in 2016 from Southampton.
The Senegal international deserves to be considered one of the world’s elite talents and he rightfully finished fourth in this year’s Ballon d’Or awards.
He’s becoming such a pivotal figure in the Liverpool side, which is why his absence would be felt in the same way as key teammates Virgil Van Dijk and Salah.
Mane’s aim now has to be continuing to deliver such high numbers in front of goal and also lead his team to a league title.