Sadio Mane was fantastic front-to-back against Arsenal on Monday. The winger put in a magnificent all-around performance.
Mane got his goal against Arsenal and that, rightly, was the highlight of his display. But a little look underneath shows just how good the Senegalese winger was.
He attacked wonderfully well, he defended brilliantly and, overall, put in exactly the kind of display Liverpool love.
You expect Mane to perform going forward, of course. He’s one of the world’s best wingers and unquestionably one of the most threatening attackers in the Premier League.
Mane’s goal is the standout but he attempted five shots in the game (per Whoscored). That’s more than anyone else on the pitch and his three on target were the most for Liverpool. No one else managed to hit the target more than once, in fact.
Mane didn’t run with the ball quite as much as he usually does, though. He only attempted two dribbles, completing one, although it’s worth adding that no one else attempted more.
And he wasn’t selfish with the ball, either. Mane had a better pass completion than any other attacker (89%) and played two key passes – the same as Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
This was a brilliant attacking display, then. Mane threatened the goal but also created for teammates. There’s not much more you can ask for.
Defending from the front
Mane was a force in defense, too. He attempted two tackles, winning both – only Fabinho manged more. Only Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold matched the 100% success rate, too.
In fact, no player dribbled past Mane. You can’t say the same for either of his fellow forwards. But he also walked off the pitch with an interception – the only forward on the pitch to do so.
Mane was fantastic against Arsenal. Front to back, he did everything you could ask for. Whether it was scoring, setting up teammates or winning tackles, Liverpool’s no.10 pulled it off.
You really can’t ask for more. This is why Mane is regarded as one of the best around, because he can really do it all, no matter what the job at hand.