Lost possession 18x, 0 accurate crosses: Klopp will be fuming with “complete” LFC star – opinion

Lost possession 18x, 0 accurate crosses: Klopp will be fuming with “complete” LFC star – opinion

Liverpool dropped a valuable two points on Sunday afternoon as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to West Brom.

Sadio Mane gave the Reds the lead in the first half but they were pegged back by a Semi Ajayi header late in the second period and were unable to find a way past a stubborn Baggies defence for a second time.

Despite the goal from the Senegalese international, which was brilliantly taken, his overall performance was nowhere near his usual standard, with West Brom right-back Darnell Furlong often getting the better of the former Southampton man.

As per SofaScore, the 28-year-old was limited to just 54 touches of the ball during the 90 minutes at Anfield, which was the least of any outfield Liverpool player who started the game, suggesting that he wasn’t really able to have much influence on the match.

The winger registered a pass accuracy rate of 77%, with 27/35 passes finding a Liverpool shirt, whilst he also managed to give away the ball on 18 occasions during the game.

Mane was also wasteful when presented with the opportunity to cross the ball, as none of his five attempted crosses during the game were accurate, which is something which will surely frustrate manager Jurgen Klopp.

Earlier in the year, the German manager was full of praise for the winger, saying:

“The level he performs at is unbelievable. He helps us massively. He is a complete player, offensively and defensively he works hard, he is really quick.”

“We were lucky enough to be around while that [progression] happened, becoming a very good player to a world-class player, no doubt about that, and he is a winner on top of that. It’s great to have him here.”
However, it is clear that Mane wasn’t able to properly showcase his “world-class” talent on Sunday, as he could complete just one dribble during the game, suggesting that the Baggies defence often had the better of him.

Despite his goal, it could definitely be argued that Mane was one of Liverpool’s poorer performers during the game against West Brom, in a game that the Merseyside club definitely could have done with winning, in order to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.

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