Tim Sherwood has criticised Liverpool’s Sadio Mane for his attitude in the club’s previous game against Chelsea.
The Reds were beaten in their last match 1-0 at home to Chelsea in the Premier League, which means they’ve now remarkably lost their last five consecutive matches at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s side’s title bid is practically over, with seventh-placed Liverpool realistically now facing a huge obstacle to even get in the top four this season.
Pundit Sherwood singled out £180,000-a-week (Salary Sport) attacker Mane after the Chelsea result.
He’s suggested he saw manager Klopp have to drag the 28-year-old back onto the pitch at half-time and suggested a real lack of energy and desire.
“He needs Sadio Mane. [Klopp] is having to almost drag Sadio Mane onto the pitch saying ‘come on’. He’s trying gee him up, galvanise him to go and play one of the biggest games of the season,” Sherwood said on Sky Sports News, as quoted by Football Daily.
“You shouldn’t have to drag a player and try gee him up and liven him up to get him on the pitch for the second half. You should automatically be springing on.”
If Mane’s shoulders had dropped and he looked disinterested against Chelsea, then the same could be said for a handful of Liverpool players.
It’s a team that is massively struggling for confidence right now and without captain Jordan Henderson there is a real lack of leadership on the pitch.
Mane, who’s a left-winger that has tormented defences for several years, doesn’t quite look at his sharpest right now and he needs to try get back into form.
He’s scored once in his last 10 league matches, which is miles off the high standards he’s set.