Liverpool came away with all three points at Villa Park after a 2-1 win. Andy Robertson and Sadio Mané were on the scoresheet for Klopp’s side against a tough Aston Villa outfit.
With 85 minutes played it seemed that the Reds would suffer there first defeat of the season. They were 1-0 down after Mahmoud ‘Trézéguet’ Hassan’s first-half strike. However, Sadio Mané turned the game around with minutes left to play.
The Senegalese winger was crucial in Liverpool’s resurgence. The No.10 picked up the assist for the equalizer and also scored the winner for his side in the difficult battle against a resilient Villa.
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For his assist, the former Southampton man lofted an excellent cross from his weaker left foot. The cross came from the right wing and found the run of fullback Andy Robertson, who made his way to the far post. The Scot headed past Tom Heaton to make it 1-1 in the 87th minute.
In the 94th minute, the £34million-man gave his team the lead. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner was turned in by the forward. The Senegal international made a clever run to the top of the six-yard box and flicked the ball past Heaton with his head.
Throughout the game, the left sided winger was Liverpool’s most dangerous attacking outlet. Mané took six shots on goal with three of them on target while also putting in five crosses.
There wasn’t much for the winger to do in terms of tracking back and helping defensively. The hosts only managed to have 26% possession. However, Sadio won his only tackle of the game as well as completing three ball recoveries.
Sadio Mané has popped up at vital times for this Liverpool team on multiple occasions this season. He delivered a goal and assist here when his team needed it the most, that’s what world-class players do.
Last year’s Premier League Golden Boot-winner now has six goals to his name this season, and looks like he will be in the mix for the award once again come the end of the current campaign.