Pundit explains what Liverpool are unable to do without this forward
Ian Wright issues his verdict on Liverpool without Sadio Mane....
Liverpool are unable to break past opposition defences without Sadio Mane, according to Ian Wright.
The Senegal international is currently on African Cup of Nations duty, leaving Jurgen Klopp without one of his most-important first-team players for almost a month.
Mane scored nine goals and made four assists before the African forward headed off to the major tournament after he netted in a 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light earlier this month.
Liverpool signed Mane in a £34m deal from Premier League rivals Southampton in the summer transfer window as Klopp looked to add much-needed pace to his Reds side after an eighth-place finish last term.
The 18-time English champions have relied on Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge to fill the void left by the Senegal forward in recent weeks but Mane’s absence has been keenly felt.
Speaking to The Sun Goals podcast about Mane’s influence on the Liverpool team, Wright said:
“Sadio Mane is a massive miss for Liverpool. He gives them that drive past the midfield and back four.
“They’re not doing that. Daniel Sturridge doesn’t do that. They’re not getting past the back four and breaking the lines. That’s what they need right now and they’re missing that.”
Mane moved to Southampton from Red Bull Salzburg in 2014.