Liverpool fans voted for Sadio Mane as their Standard Chartered player of the month for August.
Sadio Mané has only been at Liverpool for three months but the Senegalese striker has already hit the ground running in red colours and was presented with the Standard Chartered player of the month award for August.
Last month saw Mané play three matches in all competitions for his new club. The former Southampton man had a solid pre-season with the Reds and it paid good dividends as he scored on his debut and played a key role in Liverpool’s 4-3 victory at Arsenal.
Mané continued that blistering form onto his side’s EFL Cup tie at Burton Albion, where he earned himself two assists as well as put in a man of the match performance, and Tottenham Hotspur where his pace and strength was vital to the side.
The striker’s displays have seen fans and legends of the game take a huge liking to him and it showed as Mané recieved 77 per cent of the fans’ vote in a poll on Liverpool’s official website – some distance ahead of second-placed Philippe Coutinho, who picked up 11 per cent of the final total.
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When Mane was given his award, he spoke to Liverpoolfc.com, “It means a lot. I have been working every day – every day in training and in the games – to give my best for the team.
“I want to thank everybody for this, especially the fans who voted for me, and I am very happy to win it.
“But it deserves to go to the whole team because without them, I would be nothing, so I want to thank them. We will try to give our best for the fans and to win games for them.”
A great mentality both on and off the pitch is clearly something that Mané possesses and if it hasn’t already become clear to you exactly why manager Jürgen Klopp followed his career for a number of years, I don’t know what you’ve been watching.
Speaking of Klopp, Mané also payed homage to the boss and his coaching staff as he insisted that they, along with his teammates, have been key in helping him settle into the side quickly.
“It’s not down to me – it’s my teammates, the coach and staff,” Mané said. “They have tried to help me every day. I want to thank everybody for that. I don’t think I have had any problems, so I am happy to come in and integrate quickly.
“I am trying to do what I can, but I am convinced in myself that I can do more. That means training hard every day, concentration, taking pleasure on the pitch and by giving your best, always.”
He will continue to do just that and after allaying the Anfield faithful’s fears of an injury he suffered whilst playing for his country last weekend, optimism and excitement within the Sadio Mané fan-base will surely reach fever-pitch, as he gets set to make his first appearance at Anfield this weekend against Leicester City.
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