It has been almost six months since Sadio Mané smoked Liverpool with a late brace to beat the Red’s 3-2.
Now, it may have been because I was lost in the glimmer of Graziano Pelle’s hair at the time, but I was inclined to appreciate the performance of Mané that day rather than mark him for a villain like Ramiro Funes Mori.
He was buzzing all over the field and as you will see in the clip below he was a bit sassy (please note Joe Allen attempting a bicycle clearance at the 1:46 mark as I will reference it for life).
So in a move reminiscent of the genius Bill Belichick, Klopp brings Sadio to Anfield. The worst thing you can do to the Patriots is have an affordable player on the opposing side shine. Oh who is this Welker guy on Miami that just smoked us? Sign him! I love it. Jurgen Koppichick.
After the Benteke dud and Andy Carrol disaster Sadio must know all eyes are on him. Will he gel with squad? Will he be flat?
From what we have seen so far he is popping out like cinnamon in your grandmothers bundt cake. He contributed 1 goal and an assist in the 4-0 shellacking of Barcelona.
As a winger he seems inclined to move up the center of the field. It has been said that he would prefer a chance to be a lone striker. With Origi and Sturridge on the pitch it is unlikely that experiment will ever happen.
At 24-years-old the fiery Sadio has room to improve and you can count on Jurgen Klopp to bring some discipline to his game so he is not abandoning his post recklessly or making errant passes just so he can move forward.
He likes to run around which makes him a good fit for Klopp’s fitness standards and commitment to pressing opponents. As you can see from the picture below there seems to be a little chemistry brewing between the two.
Jamie Redknapp of the Daily Mail ranked Sadio Mané his No. 8 player to watch this season.
Given Liverpool’s failed signings I am committed to taking the “Senegalese Stinger” one game at a time.
So, that being said, just do unto Arsenal what you did to Liverpool in March, Mr. Mané. I really don’t care how you do it.
Liverpool face Arsenal tomorrow, Sunday August 14th @ Emirates Stadium at 11am.
— Danny Boy (@DannyHotFooty) August 13, 2016