To put the sadness in Sadio
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has described this season as the worst of his career, admitting that at one point he was so worried about his form that he underwent medical tests to see if there was anything wrong with him.
The Senegal striker (29) has scored 13 goals for Liverpool this season (which is hardly terrible), with nine of those coming into the Premier League but only three at Anfield.
In comparison, last season he scored 22 times in all competitions and was consistently one of Liverpool’s best players.
“This is the worst season of my career. I have to admit it, “he told French television channel Canal +. “If you ask me what is wrong, I will struggle to give you an answer. Personally, I do not know. I’ve always tried to be positive, whether it’s good or bad. I question myself all the time. I even underwent a test to look at my body. Am I eating the right foods, or has everything changed? But they checked the test results, and everything is fine.
“I have to understand that there are ups and downs in life. I will continue to work hard – and maybe this situation will pass in time. “
Sadio is probably too hard on himself, and god knows some Liverpool fans are too hard on him. I wonder if the lack of crowds had anything to do with his relative loss of form? Maybe he’s just one of those players who thrives in front of fans.