‘That’s what Liverpool fans love about him’ – Emile Heskey pinpoints key Sadio Mane quality

Sadio Mane has netted nine goals this season (Picture: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Emile Heskey believes Sadio Mane’s incredible work rate is what makes him a favourite among Liverpool fans.

The talented winger has been at Liverpool since his 2016 switch from Southampton and has played a key part in Jurgen Klopp’s success so far.

He makes up one third of the Reds’ frightening front three alongside Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino and has helped the club to Champions League and Premier League titles in recent seasons.

Mane has bagged an impressive nine goals for Liverpool this season but some feel he is still in Salah’s shadow with the Egyptian bagging an incredible 17 strikes.

However, former Red Heskey insists Mane holds his own in the side and his work off the ball is appreciated by the Liverpool faithful.

Mo Salah and Sadio Mane have been in fine form this season for the Reds (Picture: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

‘When you’ve got someone who puts up the numbers Salah puts up then everyone is going to be talking about him, even though Mane puts up some great numbers too,’ Heskey told the Mirror.

‘And the funny thing is that we’re not even talking about forwards here, we’re talking about wingers. It’s phenomenal! They’ve got everything.

‘His work rate is phenomenal, and that’s what Liverpool fans love about him. He never gives up.

‘He’s always fighting, chasing back, tackling, then trying to get forward and putting his head in where it hurts, then his foot in where it hurts. That’s why the fans love him.

‘There are times in football where things are not going to go great for you, but as long as you’re willing to work hard, to put your foot in, put your head in, then fans will back you all day long.’

Mane, who is in the final two years of his contract, will be looking to add to his tally when Liverpool take on his former side Southampton on Saturday.

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