Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher on Liverpool’s form and Sadio Mane’s brilliance
Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher were back in Liverpool red on Saturday as they lined up for the Legends team against Glasgow Rangers.
There was the very strange sight of Gerrard in blue as he played the final 10 minutes for the team he is now manager of in Scotland, with Liverpool the 3-2 winners.
The match provided a chance for former Reds’ players to meet up again and, of course, there was plenty to discuss about the current Liverpool side.
“I always think they’re going to win,” said Gerrard. “No matter who they’re playing against, whether it’s in the Champions League or whether it’s a top-of-the-table clash, I always fancy Liverpool as favourites now.
“With the front three and the form they’re in, they are unplayable at times.
“Obviously Van Dijk has been a really big [piece] of the jigsaw, the ‘keeper, and the rest around them are not bad either!
“They are great to watch and it’s brilliant from a fan point of view to see them sitting top of the league.
“But I’m sure Jurgen is thinking the same thing as me: take the next game as it comes, keep pushing and try to win your next one.”
That next one for Liverpool is the small matter of a trip to Old Trafford next Sunday – a ground that the Reds have not won at since March 2014, a match which saw Gerrard score two penalties.
A player who will be for that fixture will be the Reds’ top scorer this season, Sadio Mane.
The Senegalese frontman has eight goals so far in all competitions, following on from 26 last season. The No.10 has a huge admirer in the shape of Carragher.
“Mane, probably along with Raheem Sterling, [is] possibly the best left winger in the world,” praised Carra.
“I absolutely love him, he’s my favourite player at the club. He’s brilliant, he’s always got a smile on his face, always there, always gets knocked about, gets goals, setting others up.
“He’s the one who came in at the very start under Klopp, his first real big signing, and I think ever since then he’s just been getting better and better. He’s just a machine.”
Carragher and Gerrard both speak just like us supporters. Mane is the key player at the moment and brilliant to watch.
Occupying that left side of attack, Mane is a player Liverpool could have done with during Gerrard and Carragher’s time.
“I always talk about the teams I played in never possibly had, say, a John Barnes, that world-class wide player,” says Carragher. “But I think Liverpool have got that now.
“I think that’s what’s making the difference why they are so good and look in a great position to hopefully go on and win the first Premier League.
“If you start comparing people like Sadio Mane to John Barnes then that shows how well he’s doing.”