‘That tweet has not aged well’ – Carragher admits he ‘misjudged’ Liverpool star who is ‘underestimated’

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Carragher praises Mane Credit: PA Images
Carragher praises Mane Credit: PA Images

Jamie Carragher has admitted that he is among the people who “misjudged” Sadio Mane when he signed for Liverpool from Southampton in 2016.

Mane became the most expensive African player in history when he signed for Liverpool ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

The Reds splashed out a fee in the region of £34m to bring him in from the Saints.

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The 30-year-old has been a key player as he has helped Liverpool win the Premier League and Champions League.

Mane is enjoying one of his best seasons to date on a personal level. He helped Senegal lift the African Cup of Nations earlier this year.

The forward also won the Carabao Cup this year and Liverpool still have a slim chance of winning the Quadruple in 2021/22.

Carragher has suggested that it looks like Mane or Real Madrid star Karim Benzema are in a “shoot-out” for the Ballon d’Or:

“Mane is my favourite Liverpool player of the Jurgen Klopp era – often underrated and underestimated,” Carragher wrote for The Telegraph.

“Since January, the tendency to overlook him while Mohamed Salah grabbed all the attention has slightly changed. If Mane continues his current form he may help inspire Liverpool to four trophies, including the FA Cup against Chelsea this weekend. He will also be the Premier League’s most likely winner of the 2022 Ballon d’Or.

“The rules of the competition have been altered. When the nominees are considered, judgement will be based on performances across a European season rather than a calendar year. Which English-based player has had a bigger impact on the domestic and world stage in this campaign?

“Mane scored Senegal’s winning penalty in the African Cup of Nations, and repeated the trick to take his country to the World Cup. He must be a frontrunner.

“Playing a pivotal role in Liverpool’s quadruple bid may not have been enough to secure domestic Player of the Year ahead of Salah, but that vote was clearly based more on form during the first half of the season. The FA Cup and upcoming Champions League final are the last chance for World Player of the Year candidates to make their case. Providing the votes are based solely on football criteria – and there is no guarantee of that based on recent Ballon d’Or winners – it already looks like a shoot-out between Mane and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. That means there may be more at stake than a Champions League winners’ medal when they meet in Paris.

“Performing where it truly matters on a cup-final stage makes a permanent impression. Yet it is typical of Mane that he tends to be an afterthought in such conversations. From the day he arrived at Liverpool, it has felt like he has been misjudged.

“When Mane joined Liverpool in June, 2016, I gave my immediate verdict on the deal via social media.

“‘I think £30 million is expensive,’ I wrote. That tweet has not aged well.”

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