Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has been hailed by Micah Richards in wake of his Africa Cup of Nations efforts with Senegal this year.
The Reds ace has been sensational for most of his time at Anfield, clocking up 107 goals and 44 assists from 244 club appearances.
Admittedly, Mane did struggle a little last season – by his high standards, he wasn’t at his best. But neither were many other Liverpool players.
This season, the 29-year-old has claimed 10 goals in 26 Premier League and Champions League appearances.
And his all-round performances have been great too, as he continues to contribute to key moments in Liverpool games.
Now, Mane has helped Senegal reach the AFCON final against Egypt, where he’ll go up against Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah.
Richards, writing in the Daily Mail, is happy that Mane is finally getting the recognition he deserves on a wider scale.
“The AFCON final has been billed a shootout between two Liverpool stars,” he wrote. “Mo Salah’s Egypt against Sadio Mane’s Senegal.
“Salah, of course, commands the headlines but it wouldn’t be right if his teammate didn’t get some serious recognition.
“There is a feeling, sometimes, that the way Liverpool set up makes Mane a great player.
“But he has shown in this tournament he’d be a great player no matter which team he represented.
“His form has been outstanding and it’s about time he was appreciated on a wider scale for what he is worth.”
Sadio still has plenty more to give Liverpool and Senegal – TBR View
It’s interesting how there’s been this narrative going around that Mane’s form has dropped in recent years.
One bad season for him – and Liverpool as a whole – doesn’t mean his best days are behind him.
This season, Mane has shown just how good he still is, for club and country.
And with Luis Diaz’s arrival, this will only increase competition and standards amongst the Liverpool front line.
So there’s certainly plenty more to come from Mane in the coming years.
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