Thiery Henry has highlighted the threat of Sadio Mane ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Liverpool.
The 25-year-old winger has started the season in explosive form and is certainly Liverpool’s biggest threat at the moment.
Writing in The S*n, Henry has described Mane as a “killer” and believes he can hurt Arsenal.
“Sadio Mane is one of the most efficient players in the Premier League right now and there will be no messing around from him against Arsenal on Sunday,” Henry said.
“The Liverpool winger is a proper footballer with an attitude to admire. And it’s refreshing to see a guy who understands the game so well.
“He is a direct player who knows his job is to kill the opposition. There are no step-overs or unnecessary extra touches.
“He gets the ball and he runs at full speed. He is honest, plays with all his heart and always works hard to hurt the other team.
“He has a good record against Arsenal — and how Arsene Wenger could have done with a player with his straight-forward approach at Stoke last week.”
Mane does have a decent record against Arsenal, having scored in both games for Liverpool last season. He also scored against us for Southampton back in 2014.
He’s become an important player for Liverpool as his runs in behind give them an outlet.
Between him and Mohamed Salah, Liverpool have pace to burn and will give Arsenal’s unsteady backline a very difficult time.
Henry also spoke about Alexandre Lacazette and the potential partnership he could form with Alexis Sanchez.
“It will be interesting to see what difference the return of Alexis Sanchez will make for Arsenal and how quickly he can strike up an understanding with Alexandre Lacazette.
“I’ve been following Lacazette’s career for a long time. He used to be known as not the hardest worker but he learned how to pressure opponents and changed his game.
“He’s the sort of guy who will do whatever the team needs. So there will be times when he has the ball and we are yelling, ‘Shoot’ and he will pass it to someone in a better position.”
The game today will see two teams with potent attacks and weak defences coming up against each other in what could well be a goal fest.
Arsenal, though, aren’t quite as sharp in front of goal and will want to do better than they did against Stoke last Saturday.
Hopefully we aren’t 5-0 down by the time we get round to taking one of our chances.