Magic Mane strikes again
Hero of the first Merseyside derby of the season after his injury time winner at Goodison Park, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane once again stamped his mark on the infamous fixture on Saturday afternoon.
Whereas his effort in the previous fixture was a mix of good fortune and good positioning, his opener at Anfield was sublime; picking the ball up just inside the Everton half of the field he ran at the Toffees’ makeshift back-line, beating three men, before firing across the box into the far-post.
The Senegalese striker’s opener means that he’s now been involved in 18 goals this season (13 goals, five assists), his best ever return for a Premier League season and a leading tally for Liverpool this year.
The 24-year-old was forced off after falling awkwardly early in the second-half, but his job was well and truly done for the day; now Jurgen Klopp will hope the injury is nothing serious.
Being Liverpool’s leading scorer this season and a real spearhead of Klopp’s side, it begs the question of what could have been for the Reds if he hadn’t have gone to the African Cup of Nations.