Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane
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Sadio Mane

 

Current Club: Liverpool.

Previous Clubs: Southampton, RB Salzburg, FC Metz.

Loan Clubs: N/A.

 

 

International: Senegal 51 caps 14 goals.

Trophies Won: Austrian Bundesliga 2013/14, 2014/15. Austrian Cup 2013/14, 2014/15.

 

 

Mane's role has changed massively with Liverpool, as the emergence of Mohamed Salah as a goalscorer has seen him drop deeper. His first season with the Reds saw him play as the winger looking to run in behind, making the angled runs from the right into the centre. Mane was the pacey wide forward that nipped in on goal to score. Last season that changed, he shifted to the left wing to make space for Salah and then an injury saw him return to a team with Salah now taking his role at running in behind defences. He had to change his way of playing to suit the team.

 

 

Now he was dropping deeper picking up the ball and running at the defence at pace. Mane's role became more creative, less about scoring goals and more about setting up chances for others. Instead of mostly looking to run in behind, he was now dropping off the defence into the space between it and the midfield. Particularly in behind the opposing fullback when they got forward, though he did often get back to cover against the attacking runs of the fullback.

 

 

In the past his trickery and blistering acceleration was mainly used to create himself opportunities to score, last season it was more often used to create opportunities to play in team-mates. Mane was still driving past players, taking them on and beating them, but he was doing it away from the box, relieving pressure on the Liverpool defence or to launch a swift counter. Often he would be skipping past a defender around the half way line to draw another defender over and leave the space to play a ball in behind for Salah to run onto.

 

 

Mane still scores goals, in fact more than the previous season, but that was no longer his primary role in the side. His skill is still sublime at times, his acceleration is still insane, he still has his pace and ability to score goals. Mane's ability to make late runs to get on the end of balls into the box is still there, it is just the opportunity to do so presents itself less in his new role.

 

 

Early on he struggled to adapt, but, by the end of the season, he was revelling in the time and space he was being given and was the best player in the team in the final few games, including scoring Liverpool's only goal in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

 

 

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Written by Ed001 June 26 2018 19:21:22