By Harvey Byrne
Jermaine Jenas has identified Sadio Mane and Emre Can as the two standout Liverpool players during the loss against Bournemouth on Sunday.
The duo bagged a goal an assist against the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium, but were unable to prevent their side falling to a 4-3 defeat.
It proved to be an entertaining encounter, which saw the Reds take a 3-1 lead with goals from Mane, Divock Origi and Emre Can cancelling out a Callum Wilson strike.
However, Bournemouth fought back valiantly in the last 20 minutes and goals from Ryan Fraser, Steve Cook and Nathan Ake ensured their team all three points.
Despite the scoreline, Jenas still had praise for Mane and Can for their displays for Liverpool in the defeat.
“We’ve highlighted Emre Can and Mane, because I thought they were the two standout players this game,” said Jenas speaking on Sunday evening’s Match of the Day 2. “Mane was constantly stretching that back four, making them run towards their own goal, causing the issues.
“I thought Emre Can had a good game for Liverpool, tracking back for his team, a well rounded display. Controlled, organised and he seemed to slot in really well, taking his goal excellently.”
Mane, 24, has become an instant star at the club after moving to Anfield from Southampton in the summer.
His goal on Sunday marked his seventh in 15 appearances, while he has also provided six himself.
Meanwhile, team-mate Can has played in 14 fixtures, scoring three goals and providing two.
The 22-year-old has been handed an extended run in the team due to an injury to Adam Lallana and the Germany international has taken his chance well.
Both players have been key in a successful start to the campaign for Liverpool, which sees them occupy third place, four points behind leaders Chelsea.
In other Liverpool news, Jack Wilshere gave his verdict on Twitter after Bournemouth’s win against the Reds.