Sadio Mane set to join former team-mate Mohamed Salah in African Champions League record while Liverpool struggle in his absence since Bayern Munich transfer

    Sadio Mane has flourished since arriving at Bayern Munich this summer as the Senegalese continues to relish being the main man.

    Mane, 30, ended his six-year stay at Liverpool by sealing a £35million move to Munich and he took just 29 minutes to score his first Bundesliga goal.

    Mane has made an electric start to life at Bayern Munich

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    Mane has made an electric start to life at Bayern Munich

    Mane loves playing in the Champions League

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    Mane loves playing in the Champions League

    The forward has managed five goals in his first seven appearances, and will be hoping to carry that form into the Champions League.

    Mane is on the cusp of becoming just the fourth African player to reach 25 goals in UEFA’s elite competition.

    The Senegal captain is just one shy of the historic milestone and a goal in Bayern’s Group C opener against Inter Milan will put him up alongside Didier Drogba (44), former Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah (36) and Samuel Eto’o (30).

    Mane has already overtaken Chelsea icon Drogba’s record as the African with the most goals in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

    And his rapid rise to European supremacy is all the more remarkable considering his first UCL goal came as recently as November 2017.

    Mane will join Salah in an important Champions League milestone

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    Mane will join Salah in an important Champions League milestone

    In stark contrast, Liverpool have stumbled through their opening fixtures in his absence bar a 9-0 thumping of Bournemouth.

    A 0-0 draw with rivals Everton at the weekend saw them collect just nine from a possible 18 so far – already six behind leaders Arsenal.

    Considering why Klopp’s side are having a mixed start, Gabby Agbonlahor believes several factors are at play, including Mane’s exit.

    “There is something missing in that side,” he told Jamie O’Hara on the GameDay Phone In.

    “Today [against Everton] is the sort of game where you would rely on Mane to come up with some sort of brilliance and make a goal. Mane’s runs would open up more space for Salah.

    “Salah doesn’t look like he’s going to score and that is not like Mo Salah. He has to come out wide and find space.

    “The midfield didn’t work. They played Fabinho as a sitter and in front of him Elliott and Carvalho. It just didn’t work for me today.

    “At the back, Robertson was dropped, Trent got taken off after 60 minutes. Something isn’t right with that defence with Liverpool and they are dropping too many points.”

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