Liverpool legend Steve Nicol considers the success of Sadio Mane not only because of its quality, but also because of the fact that he is in the right team.
That said, Sadio Mane was one of Jurgen’s first recruits at Liverpool. He was bailed out from Southampton in the 2015 summer transfer market. Since he first arrived at Anfield, the winger has been irreplaceable in his position until now.
Then, two other attackers arrived, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. Together with the two, Mane succeeded in bringing Liverpool into the European Champions League champions in the 2018/19 campaign season yesterday.
While the performance in the 2019/2020 season is still brilliant. The 28-year-old scored 14 goals and 7 assists from 29 Premier League matches before the competition was suspended due to the Corona virus pandemic.
Talking about the success of the Senegalese players, club legend Steve Nicol also considers it because of luck. According to him, Mane was in the right team and carried a philosophy that suited his playing style.
“I think Sadio Mane was lucky with the way Liverpool played. He works more in half the opponent, “said Steve Nicol quoted from ESPN.
Although Mane himself often helps the defense, but according to Nicol, the main task of the former Southampton is only up to the center line of the field.
“Yes, he did back down and was involved in helping the defense, but in general his job was to stay in half the area of attack and leave the defense,” added Steve Nicol.
Seeing Sadio Mane, Steve Nicol was reminded of the Liverpool legend, John Barnes. The legendary winger defended the Marseyside team in the period 1987 to 1987.
“How great is Sadio Mane? John Barnes is one of the best players I’ve ever played with and I often play with good players at Liverpool,”
Barnes thinks he is an extraordinary player, but a severe injury interfered with the development of his performance at the time.
“Barnes is really fantastic, sometimes doing things that can’t be played, it’s just that he has to have an Achilles injury and that limits him a little. Before that, he shined, “said Steve Nicol.