Sadio Mane is on course to equal a Premier League record set by Robin van Persie. He can pull it off this season and is just one performance away.
Sadio Mane is just a game away from equalling a Premier League record held by Robin van Persie. He will have to wait until the end of the season to try, though.
Mane bagged against Crystal Palace on Saturday, his first goal since October 17th. But it was also the seventh-consecutive game in which he scored against Crystal Palace.
Mane has ten against the Eagles in total as he makes himself their least-liked player. No one has more goals against Palace than the £34m Liverpool star.
Seven in a row makes Mane joint-second in the list of longest goalscoring runs against one side.
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He levels Romelu Lukaku and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink on seven, who bizarrely both set their records against West Ham United.
Sitting above them all is Van Persie, though. He terrorised Stoke City, scoring in eight consecutive games against them.
Mane, then, is in line to match that. When will he next play Palace? The final game of the season at Anfield. A great time and place to do it, then.
What RTK has to say
We love records like this and we love Liverpool players setting them. Do they really matter? Of course not, but it’s nice to see Reds leave their mark on the league.
We’ll back Mane to do it, too. He almost certainly would have increased his tally of ten if Jurgen Klopp had left him on the pitch and he certainly appears to have Palace’s number.
So hopefully we can see him make a little bit of history on the final day.
It’s worth noting that Mohamed Salah makes the top ten, too. He’s scored in six consecutive games against the same team – Bournemouth.
Their relegation made it pretty difficult to match Mane this season, however.