Sadio Mané has gone from strength to strength since his move in 2016 from Southampton to Liverpool, developing from a tricky winger into a world-class forward who provides a consistent goal threat for the best team in England. He is crucial to a sensational Liverpool side, through counter-pressing with aggression and devastating synchronisation with his teammates, leading counter-attacks, and working tirelessly to put Jürgen Klopp’s gameplan into practice.
Where Mo Salah had once been Liverpool’s star player, Mané is competing for that title. “The level he performs at is unbelievable,” Klopp says. “He came as a young boy and he grew up, matured here. He helps us massively, offensively and defensively he works hard. He is a complete player.”