By Danny Wright
Jamie Redknapp believes that Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane will be the key to helping Jurgen Klopp’s side get a result at Manchester City on Saturday.
The Reds return to Premier League action with a testing trip down the M62 to the Etihad and Redknapp is predicting that goals will flow during the game due to the attacking strength of both sides.
One key duel that he has highlighted will be between Mane and Man City right-back Kyle Walker.
Redknapp believes that the pace of both players will make for an interesting battle, especially as England international Walker likes to attack more than defend, leaving more time for Mane to get forward and hurt Pep Guardiola’s side.
“There will be so much attacking talent on show on both sides, but Liverpool have got the man in form in Sadio Mane. Any defence would be scared stiff of facing him after his start to the season,” said Redknapp on the Sky Sports website.
“It will be a massive test for Kyle Walker. He has got to try and find a way of pushing Mane back into his own half, but the danger is that if he doesn’t go with you, you leave space for the counter-attack.
“Walker loves to bomb forward. Sometimes he forgets about his defensive duties but his pace gets him out of trouble. Against someone as fast Mane, however, that becomes difficult. That’s why I think he could be key.”
Mane has been in lethal form for Liverpool so far this season and his displays on the wing are perhaps are major reason as to why the Merseysiders were free-scoring in August.
The Senegal international has found the net in each of his Premier League appearances this term while playing out on the left wing while he also played a starring role in the Champions League play-off wins against Hoffenheim.
Walker has also been in good form since signing for City from Tottenham for over £50million in the summer transfer window.
There’s no doubt that there will be a riveting show of pace and skill down the flanks on Saturday.
In other Liverpool news, Jermaine Jenas has given a prediction for Saturday’s game.