Liverpool travel to take on Premier League rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tonight and face an opponent seemingly rejuvenated following the arrival of Antonio Conte.
The Blues are unbeaten this term and look set to pose a title threat, but the Reds themselves have shown glimpses of scintillating football in three of their four games to date in 2016-17.
Liverpool’s attacking weaponry in the final third is arguably as good as any team in the Premier League and Jurgen Klopp has the players to hurt Chelsea in the clash.
Sadio Mane’s introduction has added pace to the guile of those around him and the former Southampton winger is already an important cog in the Anfield wheel.
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However, for the game against Chelsea, Klopp may well consider altering the African attacker’s role in a bid to target a weakness in his opponents’ starting XI.
Branislav Ivanovic looks set to continue at right-back for the hosts and as such putting Mane up against the ageing Serb looks a sensible option.
The former Lokomotiv Moscow defender struggled last season when playing against fast widemen and they do not come much quicker than Liverpool’s jet-heeled ace.
As such, playing Mane on Liverpool’s left rather than his usual right-sided role could well see the sprightly Senegalese star make inroads at Stamford Bridge.