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Sadio Mane Speaks About His Form This Season

Sadio Mane has addressed his poor run of form this season saying it is the worst season of his career.
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As the current season winds to a close, there will be much to reflect on for Liverpool even if they manage to qualify for the Champions League. Their form this season has declined in a way fans have not seen for some years and players throughout the squad are struggling to find form. One player who has recently spoken about his decline in form is Sadio Mane.

Although still a ball of energy and working incredibly hard off the ball, it is clear Mane is missing a few beats this season. The Senegalese forward has made significantly less of an impact while on the ball than previous seasons. His efforts to assist his fellow forwards have led to too many instances in losses of possession and although the goals have not totally dried up, Mane’s goal tally is his lowest since arriving at Anfield.

In a recent interview with French television channel Canal+ (via the Guardian), Mane spoke about how he feels this season is his worst for the club so far.

"This is the worst season of my career. I have to admit it.” 

Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane Admits to struggling with form this season. 

The winger admitted he is dumbfounded as to why his form has declined this season but is trying to remain positive. 

“If you ask me what is wrong I will struggle to give you an answer. Personally I don’t know. I have always tried to be positive, whether things are going well or badly. I question myself all the time.”

The question could be asked: is the decline in form of players like Sadio Mane and others down to restlessness due to playing such a high intensity style of football for a continuous period under Jurgen Klopp as well as international competitions? 

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But it seems Mane has brushed off any question like this by admitting he underwent numerous examinations to try identify any potential physical issues. 

“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.”

The 29 year-old has scored 12 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions with nine goals coming in the Premier League. With four games to go, this is Sadio Mane’s lowest goal tally in the league with Liverpool which is far away from the player who won the PFA golden boot award alongside his team-mate Mohamed Salah in 2019. 

Unlike his team-mate, Salah has remained consistent this season scoring 29 goals in all competitions and is in contention for the Premier League’s top goal scorer once again.

Some fans have recently called for Sadio Mane to be sold due to his decline this season but Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders was quick to defend the Senegal international, praising his contribution both on and off the pitch.

“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.”

Lijnders words read true, Mane’s contributions since he arrived at Liverpool in 2016 have played a massive part in the Reds success in recent years and his absence has always been felt when unable to play. The frustration from fans this season is understandable but other fans will say a player of Sadio Mane’s calibre may need to be given the benefit of the doubt given his past involvement. The winger is a man who seems hungry to perform like his old self and fans will hope he can regain form for next season.