Redknapp: How this 24-year-old has taken Liverpool to another level
By Alex Stevens
Sadio Mane has been instrumental in Liverpool’s stunning revival, according to Jamie Redknapp.
The Senegal international joined from Southampton in a deal worth over £35million in the summer in a deal that raised eyebrows at the time.
But Mane has settled in superbly at Anfield and is one quartet of a dynamic four man front line that is blowing Premier League teams away.
The Liverpool Echo waxed lyrical about the Merseysiders’ fantastic foursome of Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana in the wake of the team’s 6-1 demolition of Watford on Sunday.
Mane scored twice to supplement goals from Coutinho, Firmino, Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum as Jurgen Klopp’s side once again tore a Premier League side to shreds.
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“Sadio Mane has taken Liverpool to the next level,” Redknapp wrote in his Mail column. “He gives them a completely different dimension running with pace off the ball.
“What impresses me most is that he is not a one-trick pony. He hit one of the goals of the season against Arsenal but against Watford scored with a header before tapping in a second. He scores scruffy goals as well as beauties. Liverpool, like Chelsea, put on a scintillating attacking display this weekend.
“It goes to show how much quality players benefit from not having to play in Europe in midweek.”
Lallana delivered another masterclass decorated with two assists as Liverpool climbed to the top of the Premier League table going into the international break.
Klopp’s team have now scored 30 goals from 11 league matches this season, four more than any other club, and have struck at least four goals in five of those games.
In the Premier League alone, Mane has scored six times this season, while Coutinho and Firmino have weighed in with five apiece and Lallana has struck on three occasions.
In other Liverpool news, Gary Lineker has delivered a one-word Twitter verdict on the Merseysiders’ win over Watford.