Mane defends Liverpool man under fire: ‘He’s my favorite teammate’

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Sadio Mane believes Roberto Firmino should receive more praise than he and Mo Salah at Liverpool.

The opposite is true at Anfield. It is Mane and Salah who praise the Brazilian Firmino generally well in the pecking order.

This has been even more the case this season with the production of Firmino under scrutiny. The 29-year-old has scored six goals and collected five assists in 25 Premier League games this season.

Jamie Carragher said in January he was worried about Firmino’s future at Liverpool.

Mane however, who has just one more Premier League goal than Firmino this season, is a big fan of his teammate.

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Mane said ESPN Brazil his buddy “deserves more credit” than his fellow attackers.

“He deserves more credit than me and Mo, for sure. But it’s part of football, always seeing the goals scored, ”Mane said.

“But I think without Bobby, I don’t see myself or Mo scoring as many goals as us, to be honest.

“He makes everything easier for us. Brazil are lucky to have Firmino. I always tell Bobby “you have to change your nationality and maybe come to Senegal” – which for me would be a dream!

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“I just love him and he’s my favorite teammate.”

Trent explains Liverpool’s problems

Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold believes Liverpool have fallen into a “trap” of complacency which has resulted in their terrible form.

The reds have been labeled “Bad Champions” by Roy Keane at the beginning of the month. And it’s hard to disagree with the ex-Manchester United man.

Their fall from last season has been monumental and they have to fight to finish in the top four this time around.

The Reds were champions last season with 99 points, but after 25 games this campaign, they have just 40 points. They lag leaders Man City by 19 points.

The weekend derby loss to Everton was their fourth straight home league loss – the first time since 1923.

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And Alexander-Arnold thinks the Reds expected things to get better.

“The trap we’ve probably fallen into this season is that we almost expected to win games on certain occasions because we know we have the quality to find that goal somewhere,” he said in the official program. of the day of Liverpool FC.

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