Liverpool’s most important player has been decided

There’s been plenty of praise and excitement for Liverpool’s play, so far this season. On their day, they could probably break down a Tony Pulis bus with three tiers.

Klopp’s attacking quartet have been taking the plaudits, but who is the most vital out of that foursome to the Reds and any potential success?

The fluidity of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield is what makes them so dangerous, and noticeably, there is a strong variance between contributions to goals. Liverpool’s quartet of Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, alone, have scored 27 goals between them. Magical.

It’s refreshing for Liverpool fans, the days of being referred to as a one-man team are gone. The current squad – with a few tweaks – can easily compete for the title.

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Liverpool fans will have missed this man. Coutinho is fulfilling his potential – he’s always had plenty of class, even when he couldn’t shoot for toffee. Now he actually can hit the target, he is of course an easy choice to call Liverpool’s most dangerous player. However, is this the case?

 

 

Well, Raheem Sterling must have been distraught after that – he knew a GIF was coming. But what this actually shows is that Firmino can often match Liverpool’s magician for flair. But also, so can Adam Lallana. There’s no disputing the flair of these three; they’re agile, skilful and entertaining to watch. However, whilst this trio have amazing feet, there is a slight lack of pace. None are particularly fast – which is why Liverpool’s most valuable player is Sadio Mane.

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The Senegalese has been sensational, this season, with nine goals and four assists. At his current form, he could produce one of the best debut seasons ever in a Liverpool shirt. Mane gives a similar feel to Luis Suarez – when he has the ball, something is expected to happen. £36million well spent.

 

Mane is Liverpool’s most valuable player.  He offers something different, a more direct attacking route when a team is happy to let you have the ball in front of them. Whilst Liverpool can replenish a loss of flair through absence, there is nothing which can replace the Senegal forward’s pace.

We would often see a rapid player with a woeful end product; Mane escapes this category. Sometimes, the only thing that can force a stubborn team to break shape is to make dangerous runs in behind or force a player to commit – there’s no disputing that Coutinho can do the latter – but it is aspects of Mane’s game which will be missed more by the Reds. Other than his ridiculous handball against Sunderland, he’s been fantastic this season.

But as the Brazilian magician returns, the African Cup of Nations comes calling for Africa’s Messi. Typical.

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