Firmino is Mane’s favourite team-mate

Sadio Mane has defended Roberto Firmino against some of the criticism levelled at the Brazilian forward during Liverpool’s recent bad spell.

“He deserves more credit than me and Mo, for sure,” Mane said in an interview with ESPN. “But it is part of football, people always seeing the goals scored.

“But without Bobby, I don’t see me and Mo score as many goals as we have, to be honest.

“He makes everything easier for us. Brazil are just lucky to have Firmino.

“I just love him. I think he is my favourite team-mate.”