Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane will not leave the club this summer, Jason McAteer has said. He recently revealed that he just cannot see the Senegalese player leaving because his form is only as a result of tiredness.
According to him, Mane will be the first to admit that he struggled to find form last season, but that doesn’t mean he is no longer important to the club.
Jason added that Mane has played a ridiculous amount of football since he joined the EPL, and he just needs more rest to regain his sharpness.
His words, “I can’t see Sadio leaving, it’s been a difficult time for him, and he’ll be the first to admit that he’s struggled to find form.”
“When you look at the past five seasons for Liverpool and Senegal, he’s played a ridiculous amount of football.”
“He hates coming off, he wants to play in every game, and he travels the world when he plays for his National side. It’s going to take its toll, with Liverpool most weekends you can pick their strongest team and Sadio Mane would always be in that.”
“Liverpool haven’t had the luxury of being able to rest him properly and it’s been very tough for him. I think we’ve just seen a tired Sadio Mane, physically and mentally which is why we aren’t getting the performances we expect of him or he expects of himself.”
“I see him being a part of next season, there was no rest for him, he went from winning the title straight into the new season. Having a summer off will help him, so having that time to recharge the batteries will do him and the rest of the squad a world of good.”
On potential signings, “He’ll [Klopp] go for an out and out striker, someone who plays in between the goalposts and gets into the six-yard box.
“You look at the number of opportunities Liverpool created, and the chances missed, it’s probably an area to take a look at. You want a poacher to come in rather than a false nine like Jota and Firmino, so they’re probably looking for someone like that.”
“[Sergio] Aguero would have been a good opportunity, but there’s rumours he’s going to Barcelona.”
“It’s an area of concern, but collectively the front three aren’t too far off last season’s numbers.”
“Salah’s just missed out on the Golden Boot, Mane’s numbers have been down, but he’s contributed in the past few games. Firmino isn’t too far off his numbers from last season so collectively they’ve done alright as a three.”
“It’s a shame Danny Ings isn’t still at the club because he would have been the perfect fit and relished a role like that.”
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