Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has described this season as the “worst” of his career so far, even admitting that he has taken physical examinations to check if there is something wrong with his body due to his performances this season.
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The Senegalese international has struggled to maintain the standard he has set in recent years this season. He has just nine goals in 32 Premier League appearances and only five assists.
His form has coincided with Liverpool collapsing during the 2020/21 campaign, which sees them in sixth place after having been league leaders in January. The Reds now look unlikely to secure Champions League football for next season.
Speaking to Canal+ about his season so far, Mane said: “This is the worst season of my career. I have to admit it. If you ask me what is wrong I will struggle to give you an answer. Personally, I don’t know. I have always tried to be positive, whether things are going well or badly. I question myself all the time.
“I even underwent a test to take a look at my body. Am I eating the right foods, or has everything changed? But they checked the test results, and everything is fine. I need to understand that in life there are ups and downs. I will keep on working hard – and perhaps in time this situation will pass.”
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The 29-year-old has been unable to produce numbers of his counter-part Mohamed Salah, who is a goal short of Harry Kane at the top of the goalscoring charts in the Premier League. Salah’s tally is more than double Mane’s.
While much has been made of the missing Virgil van Dijk among several casualties in Liverpool’s defence, Jurgen Klopp’s side has lost potency and energy at the front end of the pitch. Salah is the only Liverpool player in double figures for goals in the Premier League this season.
Mane will be eager to show his former self in Liverpool’s top-four hunt to secure his position in the team ahead of next season.