While the Reds’ defeat at the King Power largely rested on Mohamed Salah‘s unsuccessful penalty in the first half, a clear chance opened up for Mane after the break.
The 29-year-old bore down on goal, and though it seemed easier for him to hit the target he scooped his effort over the bar.
Ademola Lookman scored at the other end soon after, and Liverpool were unable to claw their way back to a point, let alone the three they needed to keep up the pace with Man City.
Few players came away from the Midlands with real credit – perhaps only Joel Matip – but Mane’s ongoing malaise was the focus for many supporters on social media.
Mane’s last goal came in the 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal on November 20, and though only just over a month has passed, that run takes in nine starts for Liverpool’s No. 10.
It would be wrong to suggest that Mane has been woeful throughout this period, but there is certainly cause for concern, as fans expressed after the loss on Tuesday:
This is the worst barren run of Sadio Mane’s Liverpool career. His goal drought now spans 808 minutes — that’s 13 and a half hours of football. Confidence levels have taken a battering. His miss was a pivotal moment on a bleak night for #LFC v Leicester. https://t.co/330vvyob3M
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) December 29, 2021
I want to hunt down the man who stole Sadio Mane's first touch and replaced it with Momo Sissoko's.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) December 28, 2021
The personification of the difference between Sadio mane pre covid (2019) and post covid (2021) pic.twitter.com/dP0ogBUUBQ
— Belinder (@_bubblxs) December 28, 2021
I don’t know how anyone can watch Mane and not think he’s declined.
Yes, his numbers are still decent, but he doesn’t take a man on, he’s predictable, lost a yard and a heavy touch.
— Laurie (@LFCLaurie) December 28, 2021
I’m one of Mane’s biggest fans but I’m not even arsed he’s going AFCON atm
— ? (@TheImmortalKop) December 28, 2021
I’m willing to call it an off day but I can’t get Mane out of my head. This is genuinely his new level
— Sean (@SeanDOlfc) December 28, 2021
if this club is serious Sadio Mane should either be a sqaud player or be somewhere else next season
— PureGuy_LFC ?? (@pureguy_) December 29, 2021
At a certain point Mane’s overall play being good doesn’t matter if he’s going to miss golden opportunities that cost us points
— Carson (@WC_LFC_Torres) December 28, 2021
That Mané miss is still making me so angry.
— – (@AnfieldRd96) December 28, 2021
Mane needs replacing. It’s been a season and a half now where he just hasn’t been himself. We can’t have all of the front 3 going into their 30’s and it sure as hell can’t be Salah that goes. So between him and Bobby I’d rather keep the latter
— Jack Moore (@Jack_Moore7) December 28, 2021
Grobbelaar needs to piss on Mane's feet ASAP.
— Benjamin Levi Oscar? (@BenjaLevi) December 28, 2021
Liverpool find themselves at a crossroads heading into January, with Mane entering the final 18 months of his contract along with both Salah and Roberto Firmino.
While there has been a strong emphasis on agreeing terms with Salah, as talks continue, little has been reported with regards the futures of Mane and Firmino.
It is unlikely that the club will give all three extended terms, as they will all be 30 next year, and a decision could be made as early as next summer in terms of moving at least one on for a fee.
On current form, it could well be that Liverpool’s analysts suggest Mane is the one cut, as at present he looks far off his prime.