Liverpool beat Merseyside rivals Everton 5-2 at Anfield in Wednesday night’s fixture. Goals from Sadio Mané, Xherdan Shaqiri, Georginio Wijnaldum as well as a brace from Divock Origi meant the Reds maintained their eight-point lead over second-placed Leicester City.
The last time the Toffees visited Anfield it was heading for a 0-0 draw, before Origi scored that famous 96th-minute winner. However, this time it took only six minutes for the first goal to be scored.
Man of the match Mané got the assist for Liverpool’s opener. The Senegalese winger received the ball from Adam Lallana and then ran at the Everton defence, releasing the ball to Origi who rounded Jordan Pickford and passed into an empty net.
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Mané would pick up another assist just 11 minutes later. This time he linked up with Xherdan Shaqiri — the former Southampton man played a clever ball behind the Evertonian defence. His pass found the Swiss international who finished past Pickford.
Just before half-time Mané got his third contribution, this time in the form of a goal. Trent Alexander-Arnold and the winger counter-attacked Marco Silva’s side, with the full-back setting up Sadio on the edge of the box and he scored with a first-time finish to the bottom-left corner.
The £34m-man also had to do his defensive work alongside his offensive duties. He won his only attempted tackle as well as having six recoveries, while also being involved in 16 ground duels — he came out on top in eight of them.
Mané has been Liverpool’s most consistent attacker this season. He has made 15 appearances, scoring nine and assisting four, while his all round game has stepped up this year. Last season he only registered one assist across the whole league campaign and now he has quadrupled that number already.
Hopefully, the form that the Senegal international has found himself in can carry over to the weekends game as Liverpool travel to Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.