Sadio Mane‘s superb first season at Liverpool has been noticed by the Professional Footballers’ Association, with the 25-year-old named in the Team of the Season.
Eyebrows were raised when the Reds paid £30 million for Mane last summer, but he has been magnificent ever since his goalscoring debut at Arsenal in August.
The speedy forward has scored 13 times in just 29 appearances from out wide, making him Liverpool’s top scorer in 2016/17, as things stand.
Mane’s pace, movement and end product have added so much to the attack, and Jurgen Klopp‘s decision to bring him in from Southampton has paid off handsomely.
The Senegal international has been rewarded for his efforts, with the PFA naming him in a star-studded Team of the Season.
He is the only Liverpool representative, despite impressive campaigns from the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana.
Joining Mane in the team is Man United goalkeeper David De Gea, Tottenham full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, and Chelsea defensive duo David Luiz and Gary Cahill.
N’Golo Kante anchors the midfield, with an attack-minded quintet of Mane, Dele Alli, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku ahead of him.
Mane was not among the PFA Player of the Year nominations, which some Liverpool fans found hard to fathom, but it is nice to see his superb displays noticed for this accolade.
Very few expected him to be as impressive as he has been at Anfield, but in the space of eight months, he has proved to be the Reds’ most important player.
PFA Team of the Season: De Gea, Walker, Luiz, Cahill, Rose, Kante, Alli, Mane, Hazard, Kane, Luaku.