Liverpool still miss Luis Suarez.
The Uruguayan scored an incredible 61 goals in 81 matches in all competitions during his final two years at Anfield.
Since he left for Barcelona in 2014, the Reds have struggled for goals. In the 2014/15 campaign, they scored just 52 in the Premier League - 31 less than Manchester City that year. Last season, they improved slightly but still only managed to score 63 in the league.
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For Suarez, it’s 84 goals in 96 appearances for Barcelona. Not bad.
However, fear not Liverpool fans. Because you have just made a signing who is similar to Suarez.
The new Luis Suarez
That’s according to BBC pundit Trevor Sinclair who claims that Sadio Mane reminds him of the incredible goalscorer.
“Sadio Mane is an excellent signing who can just ghost past defenders and he reminds me a little bit of Luis Suarez,” he told BBC Sport.
Suarez will go down as one of Liverpool’s greatest ever strikers so Mane certainly has a lot to live up after Sinclair’s comments - not to mention the fact he plays more on the wing than down the middle.
However, Mane probably arrives at Anfield with a bigger reputation - and a bigger transfer fee - than Suarez did.
Mane has been signed from Southampton this summer for £34million after two successful seasons at St. Mary’s. The 24-year-old has scored 25 goals for the Saints since his move from Red Bull Salzburg in 2014, and his pace has the ability to trouble any defence.
On the other hand, Suarez wasn’t exactly well-known when he signed for the Reds back in January 2010. The controversial striker may have been prolific in Holland with Ajax, but there were no expectations that he would become the world-class player he is today. In fact, despite his transfer fee being a club record £22.8million at the time, it looks an absolute bargain in today’s market.
Sinclair's Liverpool prediction
After Sinclair had finished making bizarre comparisons, he predicted that Jurgen Klopp’s side would finish third behind champions Chelsea and runners-up Manchester City.
And the former England international has explained why.
“Liverpool look like they mean business - they blew away some top teams under Klopp last season and he has had a bit more time with the players now to help them find some consistency,” he said.
So, if Sinclair is correct, Liverpool fans can expect to see their side finish in the top three next season while Mane terrorises defences scoring a hatful of goals…
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