90% pass success: Liverpool star impressed despite having fewer touches than Alisson last night

Brian Heffernan April 20, 2021
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Sadio Mane impressed despite Liverpool conceding a late goal to draw 1-1 with Leeds last night.

Liverpool were leading for a large portion of the match, thanks to a first-half strike by Mane.

Mane’s eighth Premier League goal of the season was assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

However, Jurgen Klopp’s side would only walk away with one point, with Diego Llorente scoring in the 87th minute to snatch a late point.

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Mane – busy despite dropping points

The Liverpool winger put on a great performance despite barely touching the ball against Leeds.

In fact, Mane actually had fewer touches than the Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson before being substituted on 70 minutes.

The Senegal international touched the ball just 32 times, whereas Alisson had 39 touches.

However, Mane still managed to score Liverpool’s only goal and kept a pass success rate of 90 per cent; laying on a chance with one key pass too.

He also completed two dribbles, with only Diogo Jota completing more on a night where Liverpool’s attack wasn’t firing on all cylinders.

Mane was also fouled more often than any other Reds player, indicating that the Whites didn’t have many other ways to stop him.

He also did the defensive work Klopp demands of his front players. Only Roberto Firmino (3) made more tackles in a red shirt than Mane’s two.

He even made three fouls, which shows he was up for the fight.

Mane needed a decent night, having struggled badly for form for large parts of the season.

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What’s next for the Reds?

Putting all of the European Super League talk to one side, Liverpool still have a job to do in the Premier League.

The Reds can expect to pick up all three points in their next outing, with Newcastle coming to Merseyside on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have won five out of the last six meetings with Steve Bruce’s men, with just one draw.

That said, that draw came the last time the two teams clashed – a 0-0 draw in December, so maybe Liverpool will need some more Mane magic when facing the Magpies.

Brian Heffernan is head of recruitment at Horsham FC. He has also scouted for League Two and Danish clubs and worked freelance in the Russian Premier League. Brian’s work includes trialling and signing players and creating detailed opposition dossiers for first-team managers. He’s also a sports journalist specialising in football.