'People forget': Paul Merson now claims Sadio Mane did something brilliant that went unnoticed at Liverpool
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'People forget': Paul Merson now claims Sadio Mane did something brilliant that went unnoticed at Liverpool

Paul Merson has claimed Sadio Mane’s ability to be a ‘big game player’ is something Liverpool are going to miss.

Speaking to Sky Sports via Football Daily, Merson says people ‘forget’ just what a crucial player the Senegalese was for The Reds.

“I don’t worry for Liverpool because they’ve got an unbelievable football manager, but people forget Mane was a big game player who scored big goals in football matches,” said the pundit.

“He wasn’t get the third, fourth and fifth in a 5-0 win, he’d get the winning goal, the goal that took the lead or the equaliser. They’re the goals I look for. I don’t look for ‘oh he got a hat-trick’, but he got goals four five and six in a 7-1 win, for me they’re nothing goals. He got big football goals and this lad Nunez has got to hit the ground like Diaz and that rarely happens in the Premier League.”

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Mane the difference maker

There’s no dressing this one up, Merson is absolutely right. Of Mane’s sixteen Premier League goals last season, eleven of them were either equalisers, winning goals or opening goals.

Mane wasn’t a player to add gloss to a score-line for Liverpool. He was often the deciding factor between zero, one or three points.

As we wrote recently, only one player’s goals were worth more to his team during Mane’s stint at Liverpool.

Over his six years at Anfield, Mane’s goals earned The Reds 63 points. Harry Kane is the only player who can better that total, with 75.

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Unlike Kane’s Tottenham though, Liverpool won the league in that time. Not only that, but they went from being out of the Champions League spots to cementing themselves in the top two.

Without Mane’s goals there would have been far less chance of The Reds completing such a turnaround.

The 30-year-old was also a good bet to score when the Champions League knockout stages rolled around. Mane scored 15 goals in the latter stages of that competition, which makes him Liverpool’s all-time highest scorer in that regard.

Liverpool will miss Sadio Mane for many reasons, not just his goals. But when you take 120 goals out of a team, chances are they’re going to feel it. No pressure, Darwin.

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