Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is well aware he isn’t playing as well as he typically does this season and has offered a scathing critique of his own performances.
Speaking to French outlet Canal +, the Senegal international explained he isn’t sure why he’s out-of-form this term.
“This is the worst season of my career. I have to admit it,” Mane said, before scoring in the 2-0 win over Southampton last weekend.
“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.”
We at Empire of the Kop feel quite bad for Sadio – that he thought there must be something wrong with his body, so he underwent a test to find a non-existent problem.
Mane isn’t alone in underperforming this season, with only Mo Salah, Andy Robertson and perhaps Fabinho the only players standing out.
As a matter of near-fact, Liverpool will be back to their best next season – with fans back inside Anfield and Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson all fit again – and that includes Mane, who is undoubtedly still one of the best players in the world.