Frank Lampard: 25-year-old is Liverpool FC’s best player, he’s so effective

The Chelsea legend Frank Lampard heaps praise on Liverpool FC forward Sadio Mane following his performance at West Ham

Chelsea legend and BT Sport pundit Frank Lampard Photo: BT Sport

Frank Lampard believes Sadio Mane is more important to Liverpool than Philippe Coutinho.

The Senegal international suffered a hamstring problem during the international break at the start of October to rule Mane out of action for up to six weeks.

Mane made a swift return to first-team action two weeks ahead of schedule on Saturday evening despite Jurgen Klopp suggesting Mane would only feature for 20 minutes at London Stadium.

However, the Liverpool boss handed Mane a starting spot in east London and the 25-year-old created both of Mohamed Salah’s goals in a 4-1 victory over West Ham.

Mane has scored 13 times and has made five assists in 31 appearances in the Premier League during his first campaign at the 18-time English champions last term.

Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard hailed Mane as Liverpool’s most-important player following his influential display in Saturday evening’s 4-1 win at West Ham.

“I think he’s their best player, I have to say,” Lampard told BT Sport.

“Watching Liverpool last year, Philippe Coutinho is a fantastic player and he gives a lot, but [Mane] is so effective and so direct on the ball – and he scores goals.

“He’s the sort of player you bring back into your team [from injury] as soon as possible because you know what he can do.”

Mane moved to Liverpool in a £30m deal from Southampton in the 2016 summer transfer window.

The Merseyside outfit finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last season thanks in part to Mane’s performance.

Liverpool secured a return to the Champions League last term thanks to their top-four finish.

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