Liverpool's Sadio Mane scoring
Wednesday Apr 17, 2019. 17:00
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has lauded Sadio Mane's impact at the club as the Reds continue their quest for an unprecedented double.
Mane has established himself as a big game player for Jurgen Klopp since swapping Southampton for Merseyside three years ago, and has successfully taken his game to a new level this season.
The Senegal international has scored 21 goals in 42 games across all competitions for Liverpool this season, notably netting a brace in the club's 3-1 win away to Bayern Munich to lead the club into the quarterfinals of the Uefa Champions League.
According to Carragher, Mane is the best wide player at Liverpool since John Barnes starred for the club from the mid 80's to mid 90's.
“I’m a massive fan of Mane. People talk about Jurgen Klopp, the signings of Salah, Van Dijk, unbelievable. Mane is the one that got Liverpool back. If you think, he was Klopp’s first big signing, paid £30m,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“He was the signing that got Liverpool into the top four. The next season it was the Champions League final, this season it’s challenging for the title. It’s not just scoring, being top of the charts, getting goals when it’s 4-0 and banging a couple in at the end of the game, it’s the importance of the goals Mane is getting.”
He continued: "You think about it and I think sometimes he goes under the radar. You’ve got Salah, Van Dijk at the back, the goalkeeper. Liverpool are going for a first title in almost 30 years. He’s the best wide player Liverpool have had for 30 years.”
“You have to go back to John Barnes since Liverpool have had a wide player like that."