The Premier League season may only be four matches old, but the campaign is really starting to take shape.
The top six reads: Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal - standings that wouldn’t surprise anyone if they ended up that way.
While the big sides are already performing, so too are the big players.
The likes of Sergio Aguero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Diego Costa are already tearing up the league for their respective teams. But who’s been the most impressive performer this season?
Well, pundit Robbie Savage has selected the player that he thinks has performed the best so far this season - and it’s none of the three aforementioned stars.
Savage has his say
The Welshman was asked to name the best new player in the league so far this season. While the Welshman couldn’t name a newcomer, he admitted that he’s been most impressed with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane.
Mane's Liverpool start
Mane arrived at Anfield in a £34 million deal from Southampton this summer - a price that raised eyebrows amongst some Liverpool supporters.
However, it didn’t take long for Mane to wipe away those few doubts about his ability.
The Senegal international scored a terrific individual goal on his Premier League debut during a 4-3 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates - a strike that was voted Match of The Day’s goal of the month.
Jurgen Klopp’s side clearly missed Mane’s influence in their next fixture, as they slumped to a 2-0 loss to Burnley.
B this weekend saw Mane back to his very best as he threatened Leicester’s defence throughout their 4-1 thrashing of the champions, with the winger scoring one and providing another. It may only be early days but it seems that Mane is well worth the big money spent by Klopp this summer.
Mane will continue to work hard
After the match against the Foxes, Mane admitted that he was pleased with the way he’s begun life on Merseyside - with some comparing his to Liverpool legend John Barnes - but will continue to work hard to help his side achieve their goals this season.
“It is a great compliment to be compared to the legendary players but I am still young and learning,” he said.
“I need to give my best for the team and the most important thing is trying to keep going.
“I will be happy if defenders are afraid of me because it will make it easier for me.
“When you are new it can sometimes be difficult to adapt into the team. But here it has been easy with great players like Daniel [Sturridge], Philippe [Coutinho] and Roberto [Firmino]. Now I’m in Liverpool I hope I can score more.
“Yes, I am in a good way, but I have to work. That work started on the day I signed and now I have to keep going in training and show it every game.
“As a team we just need to take things game by game and give our best in every game.”
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