Liverpool have started the English Premier League 2021-22 season well, and they are the top-scoring team in the league. They lost their first match of the season against West Ham United before the international break but had a decent October. The Reds played out a 2-2 draw against Manchester City and Brighton. They won their matches against rivals Manchester United and Watford. One player who showed some consistency in that month was their Senegalese winger, Sadio Mane.
Sadio Mane featured in all four games in October and was a part of the starting 11 in three matches. He scored in all three starts and continued his good form in the season. Mane attempted nine shots and had four shots on target. His expected goal rate was 1.06 in October. The winger attempted 15 dribbles and took 11 touches inside the opposition’s penalty box. Mane had a high recovery and interception rate in the match against Brighton and Hove Albion. He made six recoveries along with seven interceptions in that match.
The above chart is the shot map of Sadio Mane in October’s Premier League fixtures. He attempted nine shots, and five of them were attempted from inside the opposition’s penalty area. Mane scored two goals from inside the opposition’s penalty box and one goal from outside the box. He attempted the most number of shots against Watford. Mane attempted five shots with a shot accuracy rate of 40%, creating the highest goal threat in that particular match.
The pass received location chart of Sadio Mane in these fixtures shows that he received most of his passes on his natural left side. Mane is also involved in plays towards the centre and has received some passes in the centre of the park. He has received six passes inside the opposition’s penalty box and one pass on the edge of the penalty box. The winger has received only 13 passes inside his half.
Sadio Mane has received 22 passes from left-back Andy Robertson. The highest threat from passes is created by ten passes from midfielder James Milner. Milner’s passes have created an xG rate of 0.670. Mo Salah provided two assists, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain provided the third assist to Mane.
The above chart shows the types of passes attempted by the Liverpool players against Watford and the pass ending locations. Mane attempted 33 passes with an accuracy rate of 70%. He attempted one smart pass, two crosses, and his seven passes landed in the opposition’s18-yard box. Sadio Mane attempted 12 passes towards Robertson in the four fixtures. His five passes towards Mo Salah created the highest threat rate.
Sadio Mane has scored six goals in 11 appearances so far this season. The winger is yet to provide an assist this season. Jurgen Klopp will expect more goal contributions from the winger in the upcoming matches so that they can maintain pressure over their rivals in the league table. Mane had a decent October and will look to add more goals to his season tally after the international break.