Jamie Redknapp: Liverpool weren’t the same without this player, he offers a different dimension
Ex-Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp delivers verdict on Jurgen Klopp's side without Sadio Mane
Jamie Redknapp says Liverpool aren’t the same side without Sadio Mane.
The Senegal international made the move to Liverpool in a £34m deal from Southampton in the summer transfer window.
Mane has made a positive impact at the Anfield outfit after a return of nine goals and four assists in 19 appearances in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder headed off to the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this month after he scored in a 2-2 draw at Sunderland in the Premier League.
Liverpool made the trip to Mane’s former club Southampton in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday night and Jurgen Klopp’s side struggled without their winger.
Nathan Redmond scored a first-half goal in a 1-0 win against Liverpool to seize control of the semi-final tie ahead of the return leg at Anfield later this month.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the 1-0 defeat at St Mary’s, former Liverpool and Southampton midfielder Redknapp highlighted Mane’s absence.
“Liverpool fans’ fears were missing Mane, and it was so evident tonight. You could see it, they’re a totally different proposition when you play against them,” Redknapp said.
“You’ve got a lot of players tonight that want the ball to feet, a lot of good technical players. Daniel Sturridge wants the ball to feet. When you’ve got Mane in the team he runs the other way.
“He gives a completely different dimension, tonight was a lot of what I saw of Liverpool last season, Mane has changed that.”