Jamie Carragher said Sadio Mane “I want to face” amid reports linking the Liverpool winger to Bayern Munich, after the Senegalese continued his team in the Premier League title race with a winner in Aston Villa.
Just a day after Sky Germany revealed Bayern’s interest in Liverpool’s No. 10, Mane made a good header to complete a crucial turning point for Liverpool in a 2-1 win at Villa Park. on Tuesday night.
The 30 -year -old showed great athleticism on the return of Luis Diaz’s cross in the second half – after Joel Matip canceled Douglas Luiz’s early opener in a chaotic start to the match – that Jurgen Klopp’s team is now on. -level Manchester City points at the top of the table.
Carragher not only described Mane as his “favorite player” in the Liverpool squad-but he even admitted that the 30-year-old was just as important as 30-goal star Mohamed Salah to the Reds ’fortunes, that the Egyptian winger was just one substitutes Tuesday night.
“If I look at Liverpool as a fan, Sadio Mane is my favorite player,” Carragher said. Sky Sports. “There’s something about Mane. He sacrifices himself sometimes and the transition he puts in.
“He, along with Salah, did that for five years – they were never injured! They were there every week, week out for 90 minutes, got the numbers there every week. What they did for this football club was not truth.
“I’m a big fan of Sadio Mane and I can assure you he won’t go anywhere because I won’t let him go to Bayern Munich, he wants me to face him!
“I love him, I love him to a little bit. And not just because he’s a good player and what he’s done for Liverpool.
“He initially entered on the right wing then moved to the left when Salah came in. Diaz entered on the left and Mane went center-forward.
“He’s always been working for someone else but his performances never go down. It seems like no matter where Mane plays, you both get the same from him, the same can’t be said of the rest of Liverpool’s attack.”
Klopp: Mane to machine
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp described his matchwinner as “world-class” and “a machine”.
The Villa win was Mane’s 22nd goal during all competitions-his 15th in the Premier League. The Senegalese international now overtakes Jota as Liverpool’s second -highest scorer of the season, behind Salah.
“He’s a machine, I told him after the game,” Klopp said Sky Sports. “[He’s a] great player, his physical violence. A mix of technique, desire and physicality.
“You can see [he has] a few yards on the legs, we can see it honestly. He is a unique, world-class player.
“His performance was incredible,” added captain Jordan Henderson. “The work he does on the ball for the team is amazing, defensive in the end. But his quality in and around the box – this is the gym isn’t it with neck muscles!”
Mane: I’m happy with Liverpool
Mane did not speak specifically about his own future, but revealed that he is happy with the club – especially if the team he plays for now continues to lift trophies.
Mane, who has won five major awards since arriving at the club from Southampton in 2016, has just one year left on his contract after this season – but he could end the current campaign with three more. trophy in his name.
“When we won trophies, I was happier,” Mane said Sky Sports. “I just try to have fun every moment and try to score and help for my teammates.
“It’s for the team or not, the guys made it easy for me. I’m so excited.”
Speaking about his goal against Villa, Mane added: “It’s a good cross from Diaz and I’m in the box so I have to put it in the net. Even without power, I can usually score and that’s it what I was trying to do.
“I know him very well, he’s a good player. We train every day and if he gets the ball, I really know he’s going to cross.”
Liverpool fixture schedule
May 14 – Chelsea (Wembley) Final FA Cup
May 17 – Southampton (a) Premier League, live on Sky Sports
May 22 – Wolves (h) Premier League
May 28 – Real Madrid (n) Champions League end