Matt Le Tissier: Adam Lallana is better than this Liverpool midfielder
The former Southampton midfielder believes playing with better players has helped Liverpool star Sadio Mane
Matt Le Tissier believes Adam Lallana is a better player than Sadio Mane after both midfielders opted to swap Southampton for Liverpool in recent seasons.
The Senegal international moved to Liverpool in a £34m deal from the Saints in the summer transfer window as the winger became Jurgen Klopp’s most-expensive signing of his Liverpool reign so far.
Mane scored 21 times in 67 appearances in the Premier League during a two-year spell at St Mary’s, but the African winger struggled to maintain his high levels throughout the campaign.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has already scored nine goals and has made four assists in 19 games in the Premier League this term before heading off to the Africa Cup of Nations.
While the former Southampton captain has been impressed with Mane’s improving consistency at the Anfield outfit, Le Tissier has insisted that Lallana was a better export than Mane to Liverpool from the Saints.
“Mane seems to have shown more consistency at Liverpool, possibly because he’s surrounded by a lot of good attacking players, which obviously helps,” Le Tissier told Sky Sports.
“I’m quite pleased he’s away for the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday night – but I’d still rate Lallana as our best export to Liverpool, with Mane a close second.”
Liverpool are in second place in the Premier League table and five points adrift of leaders Chelsea after 20 games in the 2016-17 season so far.