By Amir Mir
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has been nominated for the BBC African Footballer of the Year award.
BBC Sport have named the 24-year-old Senegal international on a five-man shortlist where he will be competing for the top prize amongst other high quality contenders.
Premier League trio Riyad Mahrez, Yaya Toure, and Andre Ayew have been named on the list, alongside Borussia Mönchengladbach striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Reds attacker Mane, who has helped Jurgen Klopp’s side top the Premier League table after 11 games, has been cited as one of the most dangerous players in the league.
The former Bundesliga player made a £34 million summer transfer from Southampton to Liverpool, which made him the most expensive African player in history.
Mane has scored six goals and provided four assists in 11 Premier League and EFL Cup fixtures this season, having scored 11 in the league during the previous campaign.
The Senegal international’s directness, blistering speed and continuous high energy have epitomised the style his club manager has utilised successfully this term.
Klopp’s men are top of the league table with 26 points from 11 encounters and they have scored a league high of 30 goals.
In other Liverpool team news, former Premier League player Robbie Savage has stated why he believes the Reds will win the title.