Yesterday he gave the ball away 10 times from 40 passes. As you said that's not effective and I'm certain Jones and Minamino, who have better technical skills, wouldn't be so wasteful. So then it comes down, not to pace, but better effectiveness in creation / finishing. Mane is clearly better when on form but we are persisting with him when Minamino (in pre-season) and Jones (last season) have proven skills in these areas. Mane has often been frustrating in going down trying to win FKs, even with little or no contact, but he's taking it to a new level over the past year, when he's losing a duel, and referees are now rightfully ignoring him. Staying on his feet would help us more than having a player on the deck for no reason. He hasn't scored against a top team since Chelsea early Oct 2020 (pre his corona infection) unless you count Everton (first match on return, 17-10-20) or Leipzig (10th March). Is long CV affecting him? I'd suggest the club know best in this regard because obviously his training stats would show it yet no mention has been made. If it is then you'd expect Klopp to have made changes until he's over it. That said he still had 50% goals/assists stat last season (16+9 from 48 matches) so he's far from a liability. It's more a case of, could we do better with someone else in that position? Overall this seems more like Klopp trying to play Mane into form and not hit his confidence. Is that better for us long term? That will depend on if Mane regains his former effectiveness, but could lead to more dropped points in the short-term. This has now been more than a season of (mostly) mediocrity with barely the odd flashes here and there of the old Mane.