Why AFCON should put Sadio Mane in top form for Liverpool

Liverpool FC, Sadio Mane (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)
Liverpool FC, Sadio Mane (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images) /
Liverpool FC, Sadio Mane
Liverpool FC, Sadio Mane (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images) /

A Senegal’s AFCON championship team member returns to Liverpool FC this week with a trophy. After being named MVP of the African tournament after his team knocked out Mo Salah’s Egypt in a thrilling penalty kick affair, Sadio Mane displayed that he is still a top-class winger. He outscored his Egyptian counterpart in the tournament and was the deciding factor in the final moments of Sunday’s championship match.

As a result, he sent both his side and the entire nation of Senegal into a frenzy. Ultimately, this should be an incredible boost to his confidence moving forward.

Sadio Mane was in a rut in the EPL before AFCON; that should not be the case anymore.

Sometimes, football is more of a mental game than a physical one. Players go through highs and lows, and before his departure for the AFCON tournament, Sadio was in a deep rut that was uncharacteristic of him compared to seasons past.

Despite the lows, Mane kept his head up and shined for his home nation has ultimately sent his country into a frenzy for their first-ever AFCON championship since the tournament started in 1957.

This win means everything to him because he wanted to make his people proud. With him riding high off these emotions, it can only spell great things for his return to the Premier League. The question is, when does he return?

Mane’s return to Liverpool may be delayed compared to Mo Salah’s.

Unfortunately, there had to be a winner between the two Reds in the AFCON finale. While Salah aims to play this Thursday against Leicester City, Sadio’s return may be delayed due to the country essentially making a holiday/palooza after the nation’s first-ever title in this tournament. Senegalese president, Macky Sall, made this Monday a public holiday and will undoubtedly have many festivities and activities with Mane and the team in the days to come.


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Regardless, the AFCON MVP deserves to celebrate this occasion. He should be back to Anfield within the next week, and when he returns – don’t expect any more goal-scoring droughts.