The Senegal international was having a magnificent season and is being touted to be crowned the Premier League’s best player.
Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp is satisfied Sadio Mane is a “phenomenal player” who is a robust contender for this season’s Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Men’s Players’ Player of the Year award.
Having scored 14 Premier League goals so far this season, even though two less than attacking companion Mohamed Salah, Mane’s seven assists has made him stand out in the Liverpool squad.
The Senegal international’s impact in Liverpool’s title run is highlighted by some match-winning goals that have earned the Reds 18 points, the perfect total than any other Premier League player this season.
Although the likes of Jamie Vardy, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sergio Aguero are additionally serious candidates for the PFA gong, Redknapp speaks highly of Mane.
“When they signed him from Southampton there were a few raised eyebrows, however he has just been incredible,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“He’s made out of granite. He’s so strong, he is top notch in the air, he attacks the back post as nicely as anybody and he can finish off with both foot.
“He is just a extra special player, awesome at playing off that side, the place he’ll put the ball into the frontman and Roberto Firmino will set him up. He is an absolute machine in each single game. He gets scrappy goals, great goals, he does not care, and that’s what sets him apart.”
If Mane wins the 2019/20 PFA Player of the Year award, he would be the third African player to win it in 5 seasons after Riyad Mahrez and Salah.
It would additionally be the third straight season for a Liverpool player to claim it.