- Sep 13, 2015
Klopp said yesterday/today that Wednesday was the first time Mane believed he was world class in that position. As you say even without the goals he is a nightmare to play against, which Klopp backs up by saying even without scoring he makes the space for others to score.We should be reticent to assume too much from one game, especially one in which we took the lead and took the pressure off so early. However, Mane has payed CF numerous times before, and every time I have seen him there he looks just as dangerous and a horrible pain the arse to play against as he does on either side. I think even without this idea, a wider forward/winger/stringer * was more important than a pure striker, but I think this performance reinforces that idea (even despite the encouraging performance from Origi in stand in for Mane on the left).
I think the huge element of playing the no.9 (call it false 9 if you wish) is the off the ball movement. The ability to arrive on time, to press intelligently (you are closing down 2-3 passing lanes v's 1-2), to basically be a live wire. He does this well.