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Tim Sherwood waxes lyrical about Sadio Mane after Liverpool draw

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Tim Sherwood waxes lyrical about Sadio Mane after Liverpool draw

Tim Sherwood has told Optus Sport that Jurgen Klopp got one of his substitutions wrong during last night’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool.

The Reds incumbent chose to withdraw Sadio Mane for Mohamed Salah during the clash and watched on as Leeds snatched an equaliser in the closing stages.

Mane opened the scoring in the first half but the Whites hit back when Diego Llorente headed home a leveller.

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Sherwood believes that Klopp should have kept the Senegalese star on the pitch at Elland Road.

He told Optus Sport: “He got it wrong Jurgen Klopp.

“I’m not bringing Sadio Mane off that field. I’m bringing Mo Salah on but I’m leaving Mane on. I think he’s a total threat. He’s already scored one goal, his tail was up, he’s a good runner and there was a lot of space out there.

“You saw the disappointment in him as he was coming. They have thrown away two points there. They were lucky to get away with a draw.”

Mane ended his goal drought last night, sweeping home after some good work from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

 

The £100,000-a-week star hadn’t scored a league goal since January and will now hope to finish the season with a flourish.

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Perhaps Sherwood is right to suggest that Klopp made an error of judgement at Elland Road last night.

The most important thing, however, is that Mane is back among the goals and that could bode well for Liverpool.

This season he has struggled to replicate his form of last season which saw him bag 22 goals and claim 12 assists.

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He’s found the net just 13 times during 2020/21 and is one of many Liverpool players who has struggled to replicate his best form.

Klopp clearly felt Mane was struggling last night and opted to withdraw him. Following his departure, Liverpool missed several good chances to wrap the game up and perhaps he would have taken one.

All is not lost for Liverpool though and they’ll hope to get back to winning ways against Newcastle United.

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