Sadio Mane: This is the worst season of my career

The Liverpool forward has suffered a dip in form this season compared to his last few campaigns. He has netted only nine goals in the Premier League this term.

Sadio Mane in the game against Southampton; Credit: Liverpool FC Twitter
By Karthik Raman | May 11, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Liverpool striker Sadio Mane has admitted he is enduring his worst season ever. Mane played a crucial role in Liverpool’s renaissance under manager Jurgen Klopp of late. The Reds won the Champions League two years ago against Tottenham Hotspur and finished second in the then Premier League standings. Last season, they walked their way to capture the league title with relative ease. Mane was a pivotal part of that success.

However, the Senegal international struggled to find his feet in this season. Till now, he has scored only nine times in the league. “This is the worst season of my career. I have to admit it,” he told French television channel Canal+. “If you ask me what is wrong I will struggle to give you an answer. Personally I don’t know.”

Informing that he even underwent medical tests, Man said, “I have always tried to be positive, whether things are going well or badly. I question myself all the time. I even underwent a test to take a look at my body. Am I eating the right foods, or has everything changed?”

“But they checked the test results, and everything is fine. I need to understand that in life there are ups and downs. I will keep on working hard – and perhaps in time this situation will pass.”

Salah continues to shine

Unlike the struggles of Mane, Mohamed Salah has maintained his consistency in this term. The Egypt international has netted 20 Premier League goals and is one behind leader Harry Kane. Salah is set to make his 200th appearance for the club in Thursday’s trip to Manchester United.

Assistant manager Pep Lijnders told, “For me, bigger than the achievement of all these decisive goals so far is his everyday presence in our club: his character is special, a true example. This club has the capability to turn good players into legends and he is one more of them.”

“It always can happen that a striker or an offensive player has an outstanding season and he scores 30 or 35 or 40 goals, but doing this year by year and being at the same time successful with your team, winning trophies, reaching targets and objectives – this is what makes an outstanding player and this is what Mo, of course, did in the last four years,” said the assistant manager.

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