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Sadio Mane ‘urged’ Jordan Henderson to call squad meeting after crisis

Sadio Mane was so concerned by what he was seeing he prompted a squad get together

While Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah may steal most of the plaudits, Liverpool fans will tell you another player is actually their most important figure.

Sadio Mane has been one of the Reds’ best signings for years since moving from Southampton at the beginning of last season.

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Mane has been crucial to Liverpool’s hopes

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Mane has been crucial to Liverpool’s hopes

The winger has been electric for Jurgen Klopp, finishing joint top scorer last season and helping transform the Reds’ attack into one of the most fluid and formidable in Europe.

And it appears he’s just as influential off the field as he is on it.

The Daily Mail can reveal Mane became so alarmed by Liverpool’s performances while was away at the Africa Cup of Nations duty he had to step in.

Hull beat Liverpool 2-0 last February

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Hull beat Liverpool 2-0 last February

The Reds slumped from title challengers to outside the top four while the Senegalese star was away playing in Gabon, and he duly urged Jordan Henderson to take action when he returned.

Liverpool went four games without a win after Mane’s departure at the start of 2017, including an horrific 2-0 defeat at Hull.

And the Mail article says: “In a quiet moment, he [Mane] took Jordan Henderson aside and explained how he had watched every game while in Gabon and ‘didn’t recognise’ the Liverpool team he saw.

“Henderson promptly called a squad meeting after a wretched performance at Hull, the air was cleared and, the next week, Mane scored both goals as Tottenham were blitzed 2-0.

Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are part of one of the best front three in the league at Liverpool

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Mane celebrates scoring against Spurs

“It was a victory that propelled Liverpool into the top four and gave them the impetus to stay there.”

Henderson’s captaincy at Anfield hasn’t exactly inspired Reds fans, so could Mane make an unlikely but competent successor?

On this evidence, maybe…

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