Liverpool are running away with it at the moment. The Reds are eight points clear at the top of the table having dropped just two points from a possible 39. With Jürgen Klopp’s side so dominant domestically, it is only natural that the squad are already being talked about with regards to awards season. Garth Crooks has named Sadio Mane as his favourite for the PFA Player of the Year award.
Mane arrived at Anfield from Southampton in a £34m deal way back in 2016. Since the move, the Senegalese winger has improved every single week, claiming a third of the Golden Boot last season.
His goalscoring performance against Crystal Palace at the weekend earned him a place in Garth Crooks’ team of the week. The analyst said of the Red:
“Sadio Mane is fast becoming my favourite to win the PFA Player of the Year award. His performances so far this season have been wonderful. Against Crystal Palace he was, once again, Liverpool’s biggest threat. He refuses to give any defence a moment’s rest.”
What RTK has to say
This season just felt like it was going to be Sadio’s time to shine. The forward has been in red hot form this campaign, netting eight goals in 12 starts in the Premier League.
Garth Crooks naming Sadio Mane as his favourite for PFA Player of the Year is no surprise. There is no other forward in the league so consistently terrifying for defences.
Whilst there are strikers out there that are also in solid goalscoring form, there is nobody else in the league scoring so often whilst also petrifying defences with their relentless pressing.
Out of possession, Mane’s work rate is astounding and it has proved key to our success: we defend from the front, never letting teams settle.