Liverpool’s superb Senegalese winger Sadio Mane is likely to switch position for the upcoming campaign, despite making the right-wing berth his own in 2016/17.
From this role, Mane bagged 13 Premier League goals and would have likely pushed 20 if his appearances hadn’t been hampered by the African Cup of Nations and a nasty knee injury which ruled him out of our run-in.
However, Mo Salah has arrived from Roma, notched 19 goals in all competitions last term – and naturally prefers the right-wing also.
He’s left-footed, meaning he can cut in and shoot from this flank – allowing Mane to do the same with his right if he switches sides…
“I am able to play every forward position,” Mane told the Liverpool website, when asked if he’d mind about moving to the left.
“I don’t have a problem with that. I have played left wing, right wing and striker – it’s no problem for me.”
“Everybody has seen how he’s (Salah) quicker than everyone on the pitch.
“He’s a nice lad and a great player.”
Mane actually often played on the left for Southampton and always for Red Bull Salzburg beforehand, so we have no problems with this at all.
Jurgen Klopp’s forward players constantly interchange positions anyway, so it’s unlikely to be a rigid tactically set-up against anybody.