Sadio Mane handed '10 per cent' warning by pundit amid 'incredible' Liverpool teammate verdict
Sadio Mane will have to “up his game by 10 per cent” to stay ahead of Luis Diaz in the pecking order at Liverpool, according to Kevin Phillips.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, heaped praise on Diaz, 25, for his “incredibly good” start to life at Anfield.
On Saturday (19 February), Diaz scored his first goal for Liverpool in a 3-1 win over Norwich City.
The January signing from FC Porto played alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah at Anfield with Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino both sidelined through injury.
However, Phillips suggested Diaz’s arrival could spell trouble for Mane in the long-term.
“From a manager’s point of view, it’s great to have these options,” he told Football Insider.
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“Diaz is a fabulous player so he’ll bring competition in that area. Klopp will want competition all over the pitch.
“Firmino, Salah and Mane have been at Liverpool a long time now. They need competition in that area and now they have real competition there.
“Diaz looks an incredibly good player from what I’ve seen. He’s comfortable on the ball, can run, has an eye for a pass and glides across the grass.
“From Mane’s point of view, he will know he has to up his game by an extra 10 per cent to stay ahead of him.”
Mane has contributed 11 goals and one assist in 29 appearances across all competitions this season.
His contract expires in the summer of 2023.