The Guardian placed Sadio Mane at 5th in their list of the world’s 100 greatest footballers. The Senegalese winger leads the way for Liverpool.
The Guardian have Sadio Mane down as Liverpool’s best player and the fifth-best on the planet right now. This comes from their list of the 100 best footballers of 2020.
Only Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kevin De Bruyne are better, by their reckoning.
They had a glowing appraisal of Mane, too, labelling him ‘one of the most dangerous forwards in the game during 2020’.
The write up by Andy Hunter went on to labale Mane as someone who ‘epitomised the focus, class and industry of [Jurgen] Klopp’s team’.
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Mane wasn’t the only Liverpool star to make the list, of course. Mohamed Salah (8), Virgil van Dijk (10), Thiago (17), Trent Alexander-Arnold (18), Alisson (26), Jordan Henderson (33), Andy Robertson (34), Roberto Firmino (43), Fabinho (51), Diogo Jota (63) and Gini Wijnaldum (73) also made the cut.
What RTK has to say
The truly wonderful thing here is that we can both entirely agree and disagree with this.
We can absolutely see Mane as Liverpool’s best player and the fifth-best in the world. But if you want to argue that Salah is better, or Van Dijk is better, or Alisson, or Alexander-Arnold, then go for it – we can see that, too.
One thing we certainly agree on is Mane being a fine example of someone who epitomises Liverpool. He does, greater than anyone.
Mane is the player you’d point to when summing up the side. He’s hard-working, he’s versatile, he’s lightening fast and technically sound.
But he’s also got that rough-around-the-edges quality that makes him so difficult to handle. Mane might not do everything with absolute precision but that really works for him – his relentless energy is what really gets you.
And that just about sums up Liverpool, too.