Sadio Mane has been hailed as a “complete player” by Liverpool teammate Fabinho.
The 27-year-old forward enjoyed a prolific 2018/19 season culminating with lifting the Champions League.
Mane, who joined the Reds from Southampton in 2016, finished as the club’s second highest goalscorer (26) in all competitions behind Mohamed Salah (27).
However, both registered 22 goals in the Premier League, which is by far Mane’s best return in English football’s top division. It also proved to be the Senegal international’s best scoring campaign since bagging 23 goals across 50 matches for Red Bull Salzburg in 2013/14.
Watching his exploits from close quarters is last summer’s signing Fabinho, who swapped AS Monaco for a chance to work under Jurgen Klopp, and to say he has been impressed with his new friend is an understatement.
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“Sadio Mane is a genuinely impressive player, he’s tireless, playing in every game with such high levels of intensity and concentration,” he told the club’s official website.
“His technical ability goes without saying, he always makes a difference for us. He’s a complete player – he gives you the option of a short pass or a long ball, he contributes to the build-up and creation of play as well.
“He’s a great player in amazing form, which is really important for his confidence.
“Off the pitch I chat with him quite a bit as we both speak French, my French is still better than my English. He’s a great lad. Sadio has been a really important player for us this season.”
Sadio Mané was the only player in the 2018-19 Premier League season to score 5+ right-footed goals, 5+ left-footed goals and 5+ headed goals.
The complete finisher. 👌 pic.twitter.com/DqbF3LOkiZ
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 12, 2019
Mane’s impressive season. Five things to know…
- Mane made 50 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions.
- He’d go on to score 26 goals which makes 2018/19 his most prolific campaign ever.
- Mane was the only Premier League to score 5+ goals with his right foot, left foot and head.
- His 22 league goals saw him share the Golden Boot with teammate Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal.
- Mane won a second-minute penalty in Liverpool’s Champions League final win over Tottenham Hotspur.