Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has been named Premier League player of the month for August.
Mane beat fellow Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah, as well as Chelsea‘s Alvaro Morata, Huddersfield Town’s Jonas Lossl, and Man United trio of Romelu Lukaku, Phil Jones, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to the award.
The 24-year-old began this campaign running having overcome a long-term knee injury to return to action for the Reds midway through pre-season.
He has since the season started, scored three times in three Premier League games to help his side to seven points from a possible nine.
His goals in each of Liverpool’s three games include a stunning solo effort in the 3-3 draw against Watford, a 73rd-minute winner in the 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace and another magnificent curler in the 4-0 demolition of Arsenal at Anfield.
It’s the first time the Senegalese man has won the Premier League‘s monthly award, which is quite remarkable as he has in the past, displayed excellent form.
Last season, Sadio Mane managed 13 goals with 6 assists in 27 games before he was sidelined by injury.
He is also the first Liverpool player to be named Player of the Month since Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard both shared the award in March of 2014.
But given Mane’s excellent start to the campaign along with other Liverpool forwards; Firmino and Salah, who beat him to Liverpool’s Player of the Month award, the Reds are sure to receive more recognition as they pursue greater success in this campaign.
Liverpool will be traveling to the Etihad this weekend to face Manchester City on Sunday.
Mane and Salah are expected to start for Liverpool with the wantaway Brazilian playmaker, Phillipe Coutinho, was not included in the provisional squad.
Manager Jurgen Klopp does not think he is ready to feature just yet but has included deadline-day signing from Arsenal, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Liverpool provisional squad: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Can, Salah, Firmino, Mane, Karius, Gomez, Klavan, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Grujic, Sturridge, Solanke.