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Garth Crooks praised Liverpool striker Sadio Mane, saying the Senegal superstar doesn’t always get the praise he deserves.
The former Spurs forward who became a popular pundit feels that Mane kept his form even after the lockout in June, while players like Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah often struggled after the restart.
The 28-year-old is an epitome of consistency and continues to be a key component of Liverpool’s success. Crooks has hailed him as a ‘gem’ and included him in his Team of the Year ahead of Mane’s teammate Mohamed Salah.
“I have no doubt that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp thinks of Mane’s world, but I’m not sure he gets the praise his performances and goals deserve. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah are back in shape, but not at the end of last season ”. Crooks told BBC Sport.
Liverpool struggled on its return from lockdown in June, when Covid-19 threatened to cancel the entire season, but Mane did not. The Senegal international held steady and even carried the Reds through games at times. His contribution this season continues to be a key component to the club’s success. Liverpool have many jewels in their crown, but they would do well to take care of this jewel. “
Mane, who joined Liverpool in 2016 for a fee of £ 34 million, has made tremendous progress with Jurgen Klopp and is widely perceived as one of the best forwards in the Premier League.
Last season, Mane scored 18 goals and provided nine assists in 35 league games, as Liverpool lifted the Premier League trophy after 30 years.
In comparison, Mane has not been that prolific this season, with just six goals and two assists so far.
This has been a crazy season though, where Liverpool (and other major teams) have lost points against teams they should have easily overcome.
The Reds will expect consistency in the second half of the season and will hope to improve their road form.
Mane brings much more than just scoring goals, but his performance makes a huge difference for the team, in terms of results. Klopp rates him very well and Mane needs to improve his game if Liverpool want to win the title once again.