Alan Smith: Why Liverpool will miss Sadio Mane

The former Arsenal striker believes Sadio Mane bring something different to the Liverpool team

Liverpool will miss Sadio Mane when the forward heads to the Africa Cup of Nations next month, according to former Arsenal striker Alan Smith.

The Senegal international has made a scintillating start to his Liverpool career after Jurgen Klopp signed the forward in a £34m deal from Southampton in the summer transfer window.

Mane has scored eight times and has made four assists in 16 Premier League appearances in the 2016-17 campaign so far.

Liverpool are already without Brazil international Philippe Coutinho as the playmaker recovers from a serious ankle injury that he suffered in a 2-0 win against Sunderland at Anfield last month.

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, ex-Arsenal striker Smith highlighted the attributes that Mane brings to the Liverpool team and Klopp will miss during the midfielder’s participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.

“Of course Liverpool will miss him. He’s a little bit different to all the other players. He is that fast lad. He can stay wide and take on his man. They’ll lack that bit of incisiveness,” Smith said.

Liverpool are in second place in the Premier League table and six points adrift of leaders Chelsea after 17 games.

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The Reds finished in eighth spot last season in Klopp’s first campaign in charge.

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