Hasenhuttl comments on Sadio Mane's display as Liverpool beat Southampton

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl looks dejected following the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Southampton FC at Turf Moor on August 10, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom.

Sadio Mane scored twice as Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool retained their 100 per cent Premier League record with a 2-1 win at St Mary's.

Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-1 during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St Mary's Stadium on August 17, 2019 in...

Sadio Mane almost single-handedly defeated Southampton on Saturday and Saints coach Ralph Hasenhuttl was left with no choice but to pay tribute to Liverpool’s number ten, speaking to the club’s official YouTube channel.

Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse told Goal last month that Mane should be in contention for the 2019 Ballon d’Or and while the cynics may have scoffed at such an assessment there’s no doubt that the 27-year-old is in the form of his life.

 

Back at the club where he made his name in English football, Mane fired a below-par Liverpool into a lead at the end of the first half with a stunning strike from the edge of the box before setting up Roberto Firmino to claim a hard-fought 2-1 win.

His Man of the Match display came just three days after a clinical brace in the Super Cup win against Chelsea too – and Hasenhuttl believes that his Southampton side simply couldn’t deal with an ‘unbelievable’ attacking talent at St Mary’s.

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane shoots and scores during the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton on Saturday 17th August 2019.

“We didn’t give many chances away,” said the former RB Leipzig boss. “But when there’s a player like Mane, in such a moment, you see all his quality. Unbelievable.

“Then you are one down and it isn’t easy to take.”

Liverpool were far from their best on the South Coast but with Mane on the pitch, anything is possible.

An exciting if erratic forward at Southampton has developed into a genuine match-winner under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and there’s a daunting sense that he hasn’t even reached his potential yet.

Sadio Mane of FC Liverpool celebrate after winning the UEFA Super Cup match between FC Liverpool and FC Chelsea at Vodafone Park on August 14, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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