Mané’s performance helps to put Reds eight points ahead of Manchester City

Liverpool knew that the visit of Leicester City — the surprise package of the new Premier League season so far — would be a tough assignment. Up stepped Sadio Mané to make sure that there were no slips ups here.

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Liverpool’s perfect start to the league campaign was extended after the Reds beat Leicester City 2-1. Sadio Mané opened the scoring before James Maddison equalised with ten minutes to play. James Milner gave his side all three points with a late penalty.

There were many standout performances from Jürgen Klopp’s side on the day. Dejan Lovren returned to the side, causing angst amongst supporters on social media. Yet, the Croatian was one of the best players on the pitch and dealt with Jamie Vardy extremely well.

James Milner also returned to the midfield after starting on the bench midweek. The No.7 was also a star performer picking up a goal and an assist. However, Sadio Mané produced a man-of-the-match performance at Anfield to guide his team to eight wins out of eight.

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The Senegalese winger was the Reds’ most dangerous attacker against Brendan Rodgers’ side. The No.10 added another goal to his Premier League tally — his 50th Premier League goal in a Liverpool shirt — after he was set sprinting through on goal after an accurate long ball from Milner. The forward slotted past Kasper Schmeichel in the 40th minute.

The former Southampton man was also be involved in winning the deciding penalty. The frontman ran onto the end of a loose Divock Origi touch before Marc Albrighton clipped his ankle and referee Chris Kavanagh pointed to the spot. Milner stepped up and calmly scored to send Anfield into dreamland.

The left-sided attacker caused problems for the Foxes defence when he was on the ball but he also caused them off it. Mané was involved in more duels than any other Liverpool player. He won all four of his attempted tackles and made one interception, showing a strong defensive side to his game.

Mané has been Liverpool’s biggest threat going forward this season. The winger has improved his finishing ability ever since January and now has five goals in the league so far. His performance helped his side to beat a well-organised side and also maintain their perfect start.

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