Peter Crouch has predicted that Liverpool’s Sadio Mane could win this season’s PFA Player of the Year award and has raved about his talent.
The 27-year-old put on an attacking masterclass in midweek, as the Reds thumped Merseyside rivals Everton 5-2 at Anfield.
He scored one and assisted two more, which means he’s been directly involved in 20 goals in 21 games across all competitions so far this season.
The left-winger has grown into arguably the most important player this campaign and is such a potent threat in the final third with his pace.
Jurgen Klopp’s team owe a lot to the Senegal international, as he’s played a big role in the brilliant start to the season.
Liverpool have 43 points in just 15 league games so far and are eight points clear of Leicester City in second.
Despite the fact the league season is only 15 games old, Crouch can already picture Mane swooping the individual awards at the end of the season.
He also feels that he’s now worth £150million, which is significantly more than the £34million (BBC) the club paid for him three years ago from Southampton.
“There comes a point at this time of the season when you get an idea of who will be named PFA Player of the Year and I believe I saw him on Wednesday,” Crouch wrote in the Daily Mail.
“What a pleasure it was to see Sadio Mane in full cry against Everton. There is a calmness about what he does and if a club tried to buy him now, they would be looking at £150million.”
Mane does appear to have reached a new gear in recent times and he was recognised on the Ballon d’Or list in fourth.
The Senegal international is a speedster that has been far too much for Premier League defences this season and the way he’s improved in front of goal is to be admired.
Klopp is managing to squeeze every bit of talent out of him and it looks like he’s in his prime.
It’s perhaps too early to make him a shoe-in for the PFA player award, especially considering the form of Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.