Liverpool news: Reds Duo Up For Golden Boy Award As New Sadio Mane Claims Made
Senegal international Sadio Mane left Liverpool for Bayern Munich in the summer and hasn’t found the net in his last five games in all competitions for the Bavarian side
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The Reds are not back in action until they welcome Premier League rivals Brighton to Anfield on October 1, with a two-week international break fast approaching. As such, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did not hold a pre-match press conference on Friday.
Yet there are still plenty of stories involving Klopp’s successful team bobbing around Merseyside – including an update on Sadio Mane’s Bayern Munich career and the shortlist for this year’s Golden Boy award. Here are the main headlines from Anfield.
Is Mane unhappy at Bayern?
Dietmar Hamann thinks Mane “doesn’t look happy” at Bayern following his summer transfer from Liverpool. The Senegal international, 30, has scored five goals in 10 games for the Bavarian giants since leaving Merseyside, winning the DFL-Supercup.
Yet Bayern’s Bundesliga campaign isn’t going to plan. The defending champions, who have won 10 consecutive titles, are third in the table after picking up just 12 points from their opening six league games. Union Berlin are the surprise early leaders on 14 points.
Mane has also struggled of late, failing to score in his last five games. Therefore, Hamann believes the transfer isn’t going as hoped. “He is not integrated,” said the former Liverpool midfielder. “I saw him at Liverpool FC, where he played through the middle.
Sadio Mane has struggled for form recently
“That is not his position. Now he’s taking that position at FC Bayern as well. He is at his best when he comes from the outside. He doesn’t look happy to me. Other players like Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala or, in defence, Lucas Hernandez, who is injured at the moment, are putting in outstanding performances.
“Nobody is talking about Mane at the moment. He seems isolated and hardly takes part in the game. FC Bayern has to get a grip on that.”
Elliott and Carvalho up for gong
Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho have been nominated for this year’s Golden Boy award. The prize, which was established in 2003, is given to the best young footballer in Europe. Journalists from across the continent determine the winner of the prestigious honour.
Previous Golden Boy recipients include Wayne Rooney, Joao Felix, Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba, Mario Balotelli, Cesc Fabregas, Kylian Mbappe, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Erling Haaland. The current holder of the award is Barcelona midfielder Pedri.
Liverpool transfer target Jude Bellingham is also up for this year’s prize and is regarded as one of the favourites after another stellar campaign with Borussia Dortmund. Manchester United ace Anthony Elanga is another candidate being considered by the panel.
Klopp urges patience with Arthur
Arthur Melo joined Liverpool on deadline day
Rumours earlier this week suggested Liverpool are considering terminating Arthur Melo’s season-long loan deal in January when they can sign a replacement. The Brazil international, 26, moved to Merseyside from Juventus just a couple of weeks ago.
Yet Klopp’s recent comments on Arthur’s progress would suggest he’s yet to make a final decision on the midfielder. “Arthur needs now just football – and training, especially, that’s how it is,” Klopp said earlier this month.
“He wasn’t in team training for a while at Juve, so he needs proper team training – and that’s what we are doing with him. Can he play minutes? Yes. Should he play a full game? No, because he needs to get used to the intensity in each competition.
“It’s not like in the Champions League you have to work less than in the Premier League. Not at all, especially not here. He is doing well, he is really giving his absolute all in training, we have to be careful with him as well and then we will see whether we can use him.”