Liverpool fans lauded Sadio Mane after his heroics against Bayern Munich, but many still won’t know that he actually made a bit of history on Wednesday night.
The Senegalese international was the star of the show as he bagged a brace during the 3-1 win at the Allianz Arena (BBC Sport), with Virgil van Dijk scoring the other.
Mane was a thorn in the Bavarians’ side for most of the night, and his first goal was of the highest quality.
His two strikes mean he was now scored seven goals away from Anfield in European competitions, which is the most of any player in the club’s history (talkSPORT).
He started the night behind Steven Gerrard and Roberto Firmino who both have six, but his brace means he’s now taken the outright lead.
The Mane man
Mane’s pedigree in European is impressive.
His record comes after an amazing campaign last season in which he scored 10 Champions League goals, including one in the final against Real Madrid.
In total, he has now scored 13 in the competition having made just 19 appearances.
He is remarkably effective given the pressures of Europe’s most prestigious club competition, but it would appear Mane was born to perform on the biggest stage.
The Reds will be hoping he can maintain his excellent record and come good against whoever lies between them and the semi-final.