Leicester City defender, Wesley Fofana, has named Sadio Mane as the toughest Premier League opponent he has faced.
The Senegal international is an absolute menace. He’s able to burst past his opponents from standing positions, using his electric pace and strength to explode past defenders.
Fullbacks hate playing against him but central defenders, even a quick centre back like Fofana, is in a dangerous position if he finds himself 1v1 with the Liverpool star.
Mane, who was signed by Michael Edwards and Jurgen Klopp for £34m, has cemented his position as the Premier League’s best-left wing and Fofana says playing against him is a nightmare.
When asked to name his toughest opponent by ActuFoot on Twitter Spaces on Thursday, Fofana immediately replied: “Sadio Mane.
“When I was in one-v-one situations with him, it was very, very tough. Each duel, each time he gets the ball, he wants to do damage.”
While he wasn’t at his goalscoring best last season, the former Southampton star still shone in wide areas where he was able to isolate and eliminate the likes of Fofana by using his pace and trickery on the ball to fly past him.
This season, Mane has returned to his effective best in the final third and has 15 goals for club and country. He blanked against West Ham United in Liverpool’s last Premier League outing but Arsenal, the Reds’ next test, is an opponent that he has shone against previously.
With Champions League qualification secured, Liverpool’s main objective in December will be too take maximum points from their remaining games in 2021 as Mane and Mohamed Salah will be leaving for AFCON and will be unavailable in January.
It’s a massive hurdle and one that Klopp and his coaching staff will have had time to prepare for so hopefully it doesn’t derail Liverpool’s season.