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The Premier League-leading stat which shows the underappreciated nature of Liverpool star Sadio Mane’s game

The Premier League-leading stat which shows the underappreciated nature of Liverpool star Sadio Mane’s game

Liverpool vs Arsenal

Liverpool will be back in Premier League action this evening when they take on Arsenal.

The Reds head into the game looking to bounce back from a 3-2 loss at the hands of West Ham in gameweek 11.

Arsenal, though, will likely prove a stern test for Jurgen Klopp’s side, as they have not lost a game since before the September international break, and could, with a win on Saturday, climb above the Merseysiders in the English top-flight table.

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane leads Premier League in key stat

Ahead of the game, an interesting stat has emerged concerning Sadio Mane.

Mane has of course made up one-third of Liverpool’s lethal front three over the last several years.

However, especially in the 2021/22 campaign, Mane’s efforts have gone somewhat under the radar.

This is not too surprising given that Mohamed Salah is on course to have perhaps his best-ever season as a professional footballer.

Salah has, so far, scored 15 and assisted six in 15 outings across all competitions for Liverpool this term.

Mane, meanwhile, has scored eight and assisted none. Though still a solid return, it is easy to see why Mane has been overshadowed by Salah.

The aforementioned stat Mane leads the Premier League in at the time of writing could suggest that it is his off-the-ball work which is actually benefiting Salah, and Liverpool as a team, greatly.

As per the Liverpool Echo Mane leads the PL for most off-the-ball runs this season.

An off-the-ball run is defined as ‘a sustained off-ball movement, made with intensity, in order to receive a pass or create space’.

That last part, in particular, is key, as Mane’s runs, especially those into the attacking third, are key to opening up opposition backlines which, in turn, allows more space for players like Salah.

So, though Mane does not perhaps get the credit he sometimes deserves, there is no doubt his off-the-ball work is key to Liverpool’s attack functioning well.

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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Everton vs Liverpool Full time result
Everton
13/2
Draw
17/4
Liverpool
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Liverpool 15/8
Draw 11/2 16/1
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Everton
Liverpool
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Diogo Jota11/4 11/4 13/10
Sadio Mane11/4 11/4 13/10
Divock Origi10/3 10/3 6/4
Takumi Minamino10/3 10/3 6/4

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 13 26 30
2 Manchester City 13 20 29
3 Liverpool FC 13 28 28
4 West Ham United 13 8 23
5 Arsenal FC 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 13 -1 18
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
10 Leicester City 13 -3 18
11 Crystal Palace 13 0 16
12 Brentford FC 13 0 16
13 Aston Villa 13 -3 16
14 Everton FC 13 -4 15
15 Southampton FC 13 -7 14
16 Watford FC 13 -6 13
17 Leeds United 13 -8 12
18 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
19 Norwich City 13 -20 9
20 Newcastle United 13 -14 6

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Raphinha Leeds United 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 4
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 4
Benteke, Christian Crystal Palace 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 4