Liverpool have a long and storied history, full of iconic players and moments. It is only natural to at times wonder what would have happened if that player had been in that team. In an exclusive interview we asked a Reds’ icon which of the current crop he wishes had been in his side – Emile Heskey named Sadio Mane as the player he most wishes he’d played alongside.
Mane at Liverpool
Liverpool signed Sadio Mane from Southampton in 2016, paying the Saints £34m for the winger.
Since arriving at Anfield the Senegalese winger has become something of an icon. He has recently entered the club’s all time top 20 goal scorers and he looks set to continue his climb up the leaderboard.
The ex-Saints man has become a fan favourite due to his relentless pressing, match winning moments and of course, his knack for finding the back of the net.
Emile Heskey on Sadio Mane
Emile Heskey is a Liverpool icon in his own right, the former Anfield forward famously won the treble for the Reds in 2000-01.
In an exclusive interview with Rousing the Kop, Emile Heskey told us that Sadio Mane would be his go to if he could have had any of the current crop in his Liverpool side:
“I’d have to go for Sadio Mane. Everyone loves him, he’s such an icon now.
“He’s doing phenomenally, not just for his goal scoring but for the other stuff that he does: the work rate, getting back, putting his foot where it hurts.
“He’s defending, then he’ll go and attack, then he’ll go and score goals and then he’ll defend with a last ditch tackle. Especially in my day and age this is what made you and he’s done phenomenal in that sense. It would have been interesting havign someone like that on the wing supplying us.”
What RTK has to say
This answer took us by surprise, we had our money on Trent Alexander-Arnold, on account of the Scouser’s delivery and Emile’s famed aerial ability.
However, we can understand just why the ex-Red would have relished playing alongside Sadio Mane.
The forwards get so many chances as a result of the Senegalese winger’s relentless pressing and his ability to beat a man.
It certainly would have been a frightening prospect seeing Mane putting balls in for Heskey to finish.