Date: 7th December 2019 at 10:21am
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Tony Cascarino has heaped praise on Liverpool winger Sadio Mane after his display in their 5-2 victory over Everton on Wednesday.

The talkSPORT pundit claimed that he wouldn’t even swap the Senegalese international for Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar Jr, and struggled to name one player he would choose over Mane.

Cascarino believes that Mane is the one player that Jurgen Klopp can’t drop at this moment in time at Anfield over the likes of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

“Mane has been so good,” he said on talkSPORT.

“Now, Mane is the one he doesn’t really want to leave out, because he can, just at any given moment just create or score, or cause havoc. He does things that very few people can do in the game.

“Who would I exchange Mane for in world football? I’d be scratching my head, I really would. I wouldn’t want Neymar.”

Mane has already been involved in 13 goals this season for the Reds – four more than the next best which is Salah on nine after both him and Firmino missed out against Everton.

OPINION

There is no doubting that Mane has become one of Liverpool’s most important players in the past couple of seasons. The fact that important players such as Salah and Firmino were dropped whilst he stayed in the side for the win over Everton could prove how indispensable he has become at Anfield. The 27-year-old is irreplaceable in this system, his work rate is second-to-none both going forward and tracking back, something that sets him apart from some of the best attackers in the world. When you compare him to Neymar via WhoScored, it is clear to see how far Mane has come at Liverpool. The Reds’ star has been involved in eight more goals, as well as averaging more key passes in each outing. More impressively, Mane has taken fewer worst touches and has been dispossessed fewer times despite playing in a considerably more competitive league. Cascarino is spot on with his verdict on Mane, who has become world-class and is only going to continue to improve under Klopp.