Jamie Carragher labelled Sadio Mane ‘the form player in Europe’ after his opening goal against Fulham on Sunday.
Mane took his run of form to 11 goals in 11 games with his strike at Craven Cottage. It’s quite comfortably his best run for Liverpool and one that is getting attention.
He’s undoubtedly one of the most in-form players in England right now but Carragher has gone one further.
“This isn’t just the form man in the Premier League,” he said on commentary for Sky Sports. “This is the form man in Europe.”
It’s a big claim but one that’s certainly arguable.
Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero would be his rivals in the Premier League. The former, with 7 goals and 3 assists in his last eleven is definitely a contender. The latter has 12 and 1 assist in that time, too.
Then, in Europe, there’s Lionel Messi. He’s got ten in his last eleven, with four assists.
And so it’s close – you could probably say Aguero is the man over the last eleven but it’s worth pointing out Mane’s importance. Other players have stepped up when Aguero hasn’t scored but the same doesn’t happen with Mane.
When Mane hasn’t scored, no one has and Liverpool have played out three 0-0’s.
Carragher may be right about Mane being the form player over these eleven games. He’s vital to his team and scoring at a rate to compete with anyone.
Although, that’s if we’re limiting this to eleven games. No one can really compete with Messi over the last twenty (21 goals and 7 assists) – but that’s to be expected.
As for Mane, he’s certainly thriving right now at a time Liverpool need him. Mo Salah is struggling for goals but Mane has stepped up – and he’s carrying his team towards glory right now.