UEFA have announced their choices for this season’s Champions League squad of the season, and it’s left a lot of Liverpool supporters scratching their heads in bewilderment.
The Reds enjoyed possibly their greatest European season since winning the competition back in 2005, having narrowly lost Saturday’s final 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev.
What a moment for Liverpool
What a moment for Sadio Mane
(What a moment for Loris Karius)
Liverpool are level thanks to Sadio Mane's 11th Champions League goal of the season! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/WxGRPHHWlO
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018
But despite the heroics of Jurgen Klopp’s side, the game’s governing body have included just three Liverpool players in their squad of 18 players – with no room at all for the impressive Sadio Mane.
Mane was probably Liverpool’s best player in the final, scoring and constantly threatening the Madrid defence, and he managed to finish the campaign as the competition’s second-top scorer with nine goals.
In fact, Mane was the only player to score in all five rounds of the 2017/18 Champions League, but it still wasn’t good enough for the UEFA bigwigs – much to the annoyance of the Liverpool faithful:
Why in God's name is @10SadioMane not included in this squad.
— Nana Poku Carlito (@Raf_Carlito10) May 27, 2018
Maaaaaneeeee…… Where is he? WTF😕😕😕
— ELEAZAR GODWIN (@Official_zella) May 27, 2018
Messi but no Mane? 100% a popularity contest.
— 📌 (@Leroy19iV3) May 27, 2018
Without Mane in the squad then these observers aren't observing anything
— McMidika (@midika_malvin) May 27, 2018
Where's Mane 😕
— Daniel Udoaka (@d_udoaka) May 27, 2018
A squad without Mané means that this is still a draft squad and u guys will get back to us when u r serious about life!! ✌🏿✌🏿
— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) May 27, 2018
Mane scored 10 goals (The same as Firmino and Salah) but doesn’t get in. Milner brakes a record for the number of assists in a CL campaign and also doesn’t get in. Clearly UEFA have their favourites.
— Mark Jackson (@MarkJackson_916) May 27, 2018
Mane instead of Messi
— scott🔌🔌 (@mosessunday303) May 27, 2018
Where is Mane???
— Uğur (@cuaresma111) May 27, 2018
Do you think Mane deserved to be included? Surely he does?!