Robbie Fowler and Sadio Mane shared an embrace in the tunnel after Liverpool beat Aston Villa 2-1 last night.
As reported by The Athletic, the Liverpool legend sought out Mane as he headed for the tunnel after the full-time whistle.
The two ’embraced warmly’ as the players trudged off the pitch following a morale-boosting win for Liverpool.
A nice moment between two of The Reds most legendary goal scorers of the last 30 years.
Mane climbing the charts
Fowler and Mane between them have a magnificent 302 goals in 635 shared games for The Reds.
Liverpool’s current number 10 is still comfortably short of ‘God,’ but he’s steadily climbing up the list of all-time goalscorers for Liverpool.
His strike at Villa Park was his 119th in his 266th appearance for Liverpool. As per lfchistory.net, that puts him 14th in the all-time list for The Reds.
The 30-year-old will climb above Dick Forshaw in 13th if he can score five more goals for Liverpool.
Liverpool must secure Mane’s future
Whether Mane will achieve that, and even climb higher, will largely hinge on if he stays at the club next season.
There have been rumours over recent days that both Bayern Munich and Barcelona are ready to take advantage of his contract situation this summer.
From a Liverpool point of view, Mane is showing exactly why Liverpool have been warned that that simply cannot be allowed to happen. Yes he’s had his struggles in the last 18 months, but he looks back to his old self and is scoring vital goals for the team.
There is a logic in letting a player leave after entering his thirties and showing visible signs of that catching up to him. But when the player in question is winning you games and points on a regular basis, you have to re-evaulate.
It will reportedly cost Liverpool a hefty sum to tie Mane down into the autumn of his career. On this kind of form he’s well worth it though. The way he’s going, and if Liverpool can secure his future, you wouldn’t put it past him closing the 64-goal gap to Fowler.