Sadio Mane produced one his finest performances to date in a Liverpool shirt as the European champions maintained control of the Premier League title race.
Liverpool produced a five-star performance to emphatically beat Merseyside rivals Everton in a resounding 5-2 victory.
Jurgen Klopp’s side also made club history after avoiding defeat to take the Red’s unbeaten run in the league to 32 Premier League matches – a club record.
Despite a number of standout performances, none compared to the irresistible display of Liverpool ‘s Senegalese superstar. In fairness, Mane should have taken the match ball home after a spine-tingling display which resulted in a goal and two assists for Liverpool’s irreplaceable No.10.
Mane, 27, made it nine goals in 13 league appearances on Wednesday night to comfortably see the forward as Liverpool’s top scorer this season. The former Southampton man was utterly unattainable for the visitors who recorded two assists in a bizarre first half that saw six goals.
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Liverpool got off the mark inside seven minutes and it was Mane’s succulent through ball to Origi that cut through the Everton defence like December wind to open the scoring. The former Salzburg star then found the run of Xherdan Shaqiri – making his first start of the season – minutes later to double the hosts tally.
It was no surprise that it was Mane who was awarded The Man of the Match award as well as a beaming hug from his German manager Jurgen Klopp who recorded his 100th league win in charge of the Reds.
Inevitably the plaudits for Mane’s dazzling performance followed and Times pundit Tony Cascarino dedicated his weekly column to Liverpool’s man of the moment labelling the Red’s forward as ‘unstoppable’.
Speaking in his weekly column for the Times, Cascarino said: “Since the Premier League began in 1992 I cannot remember seeing as fine a performance as Sadio Mané produced for Liverpool in the first half last night.
“The forward absolutely ripped Everton apart and it was no surprise when the visiting side decided to take off Djibril Sidibé, the right-back, before the interval.
Mané had absolutely everything: there was movement, desire, vision, brilliant control and a direct approach that caused no end of damage.
“His passes for two of the goals were fantastic — especially for the first by Divock Origi — and he got on the scoresheet himself.”