Netherlands legend Danny Blind has lauded Sadio Mane in a brilliant recent interview.
The Dutchman has said Liverpool’s no.10 is set to follow in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s most dynamic, exciting attacking force.
Comparing Mane to a ‘massive rock of granite,’ Blind has waxed lyrical about our Senegalese superstar, who recently finished fourth in the Ballon d’Or vote behind Lionel Messi, his team-mate Virgil van Dijk and Ronaldo himself.
Blind told the Mirror: “Sadio Mane is the new Ronaldo in world football.
“As an attacking player he is absolutely fantastic. I can go through all his qualities – and he is superb in every aspect.
“He can score with his left foot, right foot and with sensational headers.
“He can give brilliant assists, he is an incredible athlete, and I could go on even more!
“Mane is the super modern player. If you look at his skills, that is one great thing, but he is able to combine that with astonishing sprints right throughout the game.”
“Do you know why Messi voted for Mane? Because great players recognise other great players.
“I don’t compare Mane to Messi. I think Sadio is much more like Cristiano Ronaldo in his very best years.
“Ronaldo was so physically and mentally strong.
“Sadio is like a massive rock of granite and yet so dynamic at the same time – just like Ronaldo was for so many years.
“It is right that people are finally taking notice of Mane as an incredibly special player.”
We couldn’t agree more with Blind’s declaration, in truth.
Jurgen Klopp smartly decided to rest him on Saturday for the easy 3-0 victory over Bournemouth, meaning he’ll hopefully be in perfect condition for the Champions League tie with Rb Salzburg midweek.
Liverpool face Watford on Saturday lunchtime at Anfield, which may see the boss rest a few more faces before we head to Qatar for the Club World Cup.
That, of course, will be a chance for Mane and co. to show the whole planet just what they’re capable of!