Sadio Mane was in an electric mood at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday as he scored a brace to send Liverpool through to the Champions League quarterfinals and knock Bayern Munich out.
The Bavarians haven’t exited the competition at the Round of 16 stage for years and their early exit this season mirrors what has been an odd campaign under Niko Kovac.
For Liverpool, the win in Germany is an example of the Reds’ renewed power in Europe that has been on the wax ever since Jurgen Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers in 2015.
As he has been almost consistently for the last few months, Mane was Liverpool’s best player against Bayern.
Sadio Mane is the best player in the world. Talking absolute facts. 😂 pic.twitter.com/nU9k6PJqiI
— Samue (@VintageSalah) March 13, 2019
In his last 13 appearances in all competitions, Mane has only gone four games without scoring a goal, finding the back of the net 12 times.
When the ball was lumped forward by Virgil van Dijk, the Senegal attacker was never favourite to win the ball but his sumptuous touch eliminated stand-in right back Rafinha.
All he had to do then was take care of Manuel Neuer which he did with aplomb, turning sharply and leaving the German goalkeeper stranded in no man’s land before he dinked the ball into the back of net beyond the hapless Niklas Sule.
I firmly believe that Mane, at his very best, is as good if not better than Mohamed Salah and his purple streak over the last three months has been outstanding.