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Liverpool’s squad is full of top-class talent but Jamie Carragher has singled out Sadio Mane as the pick of the bunch.
What did he say?
There are several members of Jurgen Klopp’s squad who could be described as amongst the best in the world.
Virgil van Dijk and Alisson were recognised with UEFA awards as a result of their performances in last year’s Champions League, whilst Mo Salah was also among those who won votes for the FIFA Best Player award.
Mane was also regonised by FIFA at The Best awards, and ex-Red Carragher believes he has got “better and better” under Klopp, and compared him to former great John Barnes.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, the former defender said:
“I absolutely love him, he’s my favourite player at the club. He’s brilliant, he’s always got a smile on his face, always there, always gets knocked about, gets goals, setting others up.
“He’s the one who came in at the very start under Klopp, his first real big signing, and I think ever since then he’s just been getting better and better. He’s just a machine.
“I always talk about the teams I played in never possibly had, say, a John Barnes, that world-class wide player, but I think Liverpool have got that now.”
Figure of consistency
Signing Mane was somewhat of a gamble by Klopp, but he has more than repaid the faith shown in him by the German.
Prior to joining the Reds, the Senegal international had 21 goals in 67 Premier League games, prompting Liverpool to spend £34m on him in a period when they had just missed out on Champions League qualification.
The winger’s arrival coincided with a change in style from the team, and he came to encapsulate what Klopp has looked to implement, with his pace and high-pressing intensity key to his manager’s strategy.
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He is now into his fourth year at Anfield, and he has been incredibly consistent during that spell.
Carragher is therefore right to praise him, with his positivity and attitude setting a great example for others too, including his teammates.
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