Liverpool saw off Crystal Palace on Saturday, with Sadio Mane having his best game in a while.
He impressed in the 3-0 win, giving us hope that he could be on the way back to recovering his best form.
Liverpool 3-0 Crystal Palace
The Reds took on Palace at Anfield as they hoped to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season
They did just that as they saw off Patrick Vieira’s side with relative ease.
Mane opened the scoring just before halftime to maintain his remarkable record against the Eagles.
He latched onto a parried Mohamed Salah header to tap home unmarked following a good corner-kick routine.
It was a deserved goal. The Reds dominated the first half and should really have scored one or two more.
Having that said, Palace did have a few chances of their own.
They came into it a bit more in the second half. Liverpool were still the better team, but their opponents were getting on the ball more than in the first 45 minutes.
The lead was then doubled by Salah after 78 minutes.
Naby Keita added the cherry on top with a fantastic volley after Vicente Guaita punched clear a corner.
Jurgen Klopp’s side saw out the game well and took home another three points. They are quietly having an excellent start to the Premier League season.
Mane gave Palace a tough time as ever
Mane’s opener was his ninth in successive games against Crystal Palace, which is a Premier League record.
The goal was nothing too spectacular. But the Senegal star was quick to react to Guaita’s save. He was the only one that was really alive in the box, and he got his reward.
These quick reactions that we were so used to seemed to have deserted Mane in recent times.
Yet it wasn’t just his goal that impressed us. His general play was much improved on the last few months.
He looked sharper and more confident, while his touch and decision making seemed much better as well.
The 29-year-old completed three dribbles from three attempts. Alongside Mohamed Salah, this was more than anybody on the pitch.
He also made two tackles, which showed how hard he was working.
Mane also took two shots and was heavily involved in two of Liverpool’s biggest chances in the first half.
Simply put, he just looked a lot more like his old self.
We hope that it was not just the fact that it was against Palace that had Mane playing so well.
We were wondering recently if it may be time to drop him, but more performances like yesterday will remove that possibility.