Speaking to Liverpool’s website in an episode of LFC Later, the Netherlands midfielder spilled the beans on some of his fellow players in the Reds’ dressing room.
As well as revealing which Liverpool player is the worst dancer, and who’s the best dressed, Wijnaldum also revealed that 24-year-old Mane was the squad’s best comic!
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“Sadio Mane [is the funniest], definitely,” former Newcastle United man Wijnaldum began. “He is funny, chilled and relaxed.
“Everything is relaxed with him,” he added. “He doesn’t bother about things—that’s how it looks!”
True perhaps, but Wijnaldum’s revelations some in stark contrast to Mane’s desolate reaction after Senegal’s Nations Cup quarter-final defeat by Cameroon.
After missing the decisive penalty in the shootout, Mane was inconsolable at full-time and certainly cut a very different figure to the happy-go-lucky carefree joker portrayed by Wijnaldum.
Nonetheless, the attacker has bounced back well since returning from Gabon and international duty, helping the Reds to end their winless run at home against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
Without Mane, Jurgen Klopp’s side lost their way during January, and while the West African was unable to stop the rot in the 2-0 defeat at Hull City, he helped the Reds end their winless streak by scoring twice — and devastating poor Ben Davies — as Spurs were put to the sword at Anfield last weekend.
The pair of goals took Mane’s tally for the season up to 11 goals in 22 Premier League outings, as the forward continues to justify his £34 million price tag having signed from Southampton during the summer.
The attacker has the weekend off—and the chance to recuperate after his Afcon exploits — after Liverpool missed out on the FA Cup fifth round following their fourth-round defeat by Wolves in late January.
Klopp’s side find themselves fifth in the table on 49 points — 11 behind leaders Chelsea and one off Arsenal in fourth — ahead of their next Premier League match, a tantalizing bout at champions Leicester City on Monday, 27 February.