A steady rate of statistical improvement during his three seasons at Liverpool has elevated Sadio Mane to his status as one of Europe’s best forwards.
Signed from Southampton in the summer of 2016, Mane’s goalscoring output has increased year-on-year and hit what counts as his high watermark to date in 2018-19.
After taking the club’s No.10 shirt ahead of the campaign, the Senegal international scored 26 times in 50 appearances across all competitions to help the Reds win the Champions League, their first piece of silverware since his arrival at Anfield.
His total of 22 goals in the Premier League - which played a crucial role in Liverpool’s amassing of a club-record 97 points - earned him the division’s Golden Boot, along with teammate Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal.
A flexible forward who allies lightning pace and ruthless finishing with acute tactical awareness, Mane primarily operates from the left of Jürgen Klopp’s devastating front three alongside Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Excluding qualifiers, Mane scored in every round of the 2017-18 Champions League - including the final where Liverpool lost out to Real Madrid - and played in all 13 of the Reds’ matches in the competition as they went one better by beating Tottenham Hotspur 12 months later.
In November 2018, Mane committed his long-term future to the club.