Jürgen Klopp has some incredible players in his squad, no less than seven of his team were shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or award. Such is the talent in the squad, Sadio Mane has just been named the African Player of the Year – we can expect him to be up there for the PFA Player of the Year award at the end of the season.
The 27-year-old forward has been a leading light for Jürgen Klopp in the last couple of seasons. Sadio was at the forefront of the club’s charge for a sixth Champions League title, he netted 30 times in all competitions during the 2018/19 campaign – he has already notched 15 goals this time out.
Mane had strong competition for the gong – beating out his teammate Mo Salah and Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez. Although, how Mahrez can be a contender when he can’t even get a regular game for his club is beyond us.
The Reds were well represented in the African Team of the Year: Joel Matip was chosen at centre back alongside Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane were named in the forwards.
What RTK has to say
Sadio Mane winning African Player of the Year should be just the first of many individual prizes for him this season. It would be a scandal if the Senegalese winger was beaten to the prize by anyone other than Trent Alexander-Arnold.
This gong is further evidence of just how dominant the Reds are at the minute, we have two of Africa’s three best players and makeup the spine of the continent’s best XI.
Although Sadio will surely be delighted by winning the award, Jürgen Klopp has instilled a relentless mentality into his side that places individual glory second to the good of the team.