Jamie Carragher has said that Sadio Mane is his favourite player in the current Liverpool side, adding that the Senegal international’s impact can be compared to the influence John Barnes had on those around him.
Mane was one of the first players Reds boss Jurgen Klopp brought in and the 27-year-old has gone on to become an unmissable part of the team, developing a goal threat as well as a dangerous all-round game.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, former Liverpool defender Carragher outlined why he believes Mane is one of the most important part of Klopp’s team.
“Even after the first couple of games, I said Mane, probably along with Raheem Sterling, was possibly the best left winger in the world,” the pundit 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.”
Comparing Mane to Barnes, Carragher added: “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.
“I think that’s what’s making the difference why they are so good and look in a great position to hopefully go on and win the first Premier League.
“If you start comparing people like Sadio Mane to John Barnes then that shows how well he’s doing.”
Liverpool return from the international break with a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United next Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Reds have been linked with Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller in recent days and the German club’s chairman has spoken out about the attacker’s future at the Bundesliga champions.
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