Former Red Danny Murphy believes Liverpool forward Sadio Mane will win the PFA Player of the Year award come the end of the season.
Since arriving at Anfield from Southampton for a fee of £34 million, the Senegal international has got better with each season that has gone by.
Mane has scored 11 goals and made six assists in 19 Premier League games for Liverpool this season. He also claimed Africa’s 2019 Player of the Year award last night after a stellar campaign.
Murphy believes Mane’s current form will ultimately see him claim the 2020 PFA Player of the Year. However, he believes Salah has dropped off.
“If you look back at the back half of last season when they won the Champions League, he was brilliant in the Premier League campaign,” Murphy told TalkSport. “Started this season tremendously well.
“I think they [Senegal] got to the final of the AFCON, didn’t they? He’s an obvious winner [for African footballer of the year, which he has won] – Salah has dipped a little bit from the amazing form he showed last season compared to this.
“I think Mane would be up there for PFA player as well. But there is still a bit to go. God forbid he doesn’t get injured. But at the moment you could argue that he is the player, along with Van Dijk, that you wouldn’t want to get injured. He is absolutely electric – he has been the best player in the Premier League this season.”
It is difficult to disagree with Murphy. Mane has been electric throughout the 2019-20 campaign thus far.
The player that runs Mane the closest in regards to the best in England would have to be Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, but it could be argued that Mane is still having a better season.
The Reds are also a good chance of claiming the Premier League title this season, which could aid Mane’s chances of winning the PFA Player of the Year in 2020, as they currently possess a 13-point lead at the top of the table with a game in hand.