Sadio Mane's message to Troy Deeney in the tunnel after Liverpool 2-0 Watford

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It’s been a brilliant year for Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.

The Premier League title evaded Liverpool last season but Mane won the Golden Boot and was named in the PFA Team of the Year.

Mane then helped Liverpool win the Champions League and led Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final.

The 27-year-old’s performances were acknowledged with a fourth-placed finish in Ballon d’Or voting, behind Lionel Messi, Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo.

But Messi believes he should have been even higher.

“It’s a shame to see Mane finish in fourth place,” the Barcelona star, who voted for Mane to win FIFA’s The Best award, told Canal+.

Yet it’s not just on the pitch where Mane has flourished.

Back in July, Mane visited the construction site of a school he’s donated £200,000 to build in his home village of Bambaly.

He’s a class act and he showed it once again after Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Watford on Saturday.

The former Southampton man, who provided an assist in the win, met Watford duo Ismaila Sarr and Troy Deeney in the tunnel after the clash.

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Mane was chatting to Sarr, his international teammate, when he spotted Deeney and wished him a Merry Christmas.

The Liverpool forward also told Deeney to look after Sarr as he continues to adjust to life in England.

“Enjoy your Christmas bro,” Mane says to Deeney.

“Take care of my boy, yeah. He’s a shy boy, shy boy.”

What a gent.

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Sarr missed a glorious opportunity to equalise for Watford when he missed his kick in front of the Kop shortly before half-time.

The 21-year-old’s impact since joining the Hornets for around £30 million in the summer has been limited, but he has a fine mentor in Mane.

“I feel I need to protect him at the beginning because even though he is a really good player it is not easy in the Premier League, because I had that sort of problem,” Mane said in an interview with The Athletic in August. 

“If there are problems to start off with then people need to take care of him, go easy on him and especially the fans need to support him and give him confidence for a great future.”

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