Is there a better player in the Premier League right now than Sadio Mane?
It would certainly be difficult to argue against the Senegalese ace who is in the most dazzling form of his already illustrious Liverpool career.
Mane, 27, once again produced a man-of-the-match performance to help his team put Everton to the sword in a resounding 5-2 victory against their Merseyside rivals.
The former Southampton forward scored and bagged two assists as Liverpool reclaimed their eight-point advantage at the top of the Premier League table. Mane now has nine goals and six assists in 15 games for the European champions who have now claimed 43 points from a possible 45.
Mane’s performances are not going unnoticed by the rest of the world either. The former Salzburg player finished 4th in the Ballon d’Or awards on Monday night.
However, it was 2019’s Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi who delivered the greatest plaudit of the night after he told Canal+: “It’s a shame to see Mane finish in fourth place
“But I think there have been a lot of great players this year. That’s why it was difficult to choose a particular player. But I chose Sadio Mane because he’s a player that I like.”
The Champions League winner has been in scintillating form for Liverpool who achieved a club-record of 32 league matches unbeaten on Wednesday night.
Mane is currently operating at the peak of his powers throughout Liverpool’s almost perfect start to the season. Since his 2016 move from the Saints, the £36 million signing has seen a consistent rise in front of goal.
After scoring 13 goals during his inaugural Red’s season in 2016/17, Mane saw his tally rise to 20 goals in all competitions for the following campaign.
Last season saw Mane’s most impressive return in front of goal scoring 26 goals and five assists in all competitions as the Senegal international shared the Premier League Golden Boot with teammate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.
Mane was the first major signing of the Jurgen Klopp era and its not just the forward’s individual stats that have seen a gargantuan rise. Since his move from the south coast, Liverpool have secured three successive top-four finishes, two Champions League finals and a record-breaking 97 point-haul last season.
The former FC Metz prospect has been the pinpoint of success since he snubbed Manchester United for the Reds over three years ago. His performances are improving week-by-week and he has finally established himself as the Red’s most prolific member of their irreplaceable front three.
It’s important for Kopites to put into perspective just how far Liverpool have come since Mane put pen-to-paper at Anfield. At a time where the decade is drawing to a close, it’s hard to disagree that the Red’s No.10 has been their most significant attacker over the past 10 years.