Debut goal against Arsenal at the Emirates
In his maiden Premier League appearance for the Reds against Arsene Wenger’s side in August 2016, the Liverpool wideman scored a glorious goal at the Emirates Stadium to send the Merseyside giants 4-1 up.
Having received the ball wide right, Mane drove through the Gunners backline, took on Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal before driving a left-footed finish past Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal.
With the North London club pulling two goals back – through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chambers – after Mane’s strike in the 63rd-minute, the attacker’s goal proved to be the match winner on debut.
Individual recognition in maiden year in Merseyside
Mane’s haul of 13 Premier League goals in 29 appearances saw him named in the PFA Team of the Year, despite missing the final month of the campaign through injury at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season.
Furthermore, the forward was voted Liverpool Player of the Season by supporters and First Team Player of the Season by his teammates.
The Senegal international gave Jurgen Klopp’s side more impetus going forward and he was deservedly recognised for his effort and industry.
Milestone strike in the 2018 Champions League final
Having seen talisman Mohamed Salah substituted against Real Madrid on the half-hour mark, the onus fell on Mane to prove his worth against Zinedine Zidane’s troops if the Merseysiders were to claim their sixth European crown.
After falling behind to a Karim Benzema strike in the 51st-minute, the forward came up trumps with an equalizer four minutes later to inject belief into the Reds without their best player.
Although they went on to lose 3-1, Mane’s impact in Ukraine was palpable – he’d become the first player from his nation to score in the final of Europe’s premier club competition, while his strike against Zidane’s men took his tally in the competition to 10.
Matching Salah and Roberto Firmino’s tally meant Liverpool became the first side to have three players score double figures in the competition.
Earlier in the campaign, his hat-trick in Liverpool’s 5-0 win at Porto saw him become only the second Reds player to score three times in an away European affair. Furthermore, he overtook Demba Ba (43 goals) as the highest-scoring Senegalese player in Premier League history.
Premier League Golden Boot winner
In a campaign that saw the Merseyside club just fail to win their first title of the Premier League era, the forward’s brace on the final day against Wolverhampton Wanderers saw him end joint-top scorer of the competition with 22 goals, alongside African pair of Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year, along with three Liverpool teammates Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson.
His season culminated in the Reds’ Champions League success, a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the Wanda Metropolitano, a game where Mane won a first-half penalty.
Further success with Liverpool in 2019
Mane netted twice in the Reds’ success over Chelsea in the Uefa Super Cup in August, and was named Man of the Match as Klopp’s charges claimed another title on the continent.
Also, having featured in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Newcastle United in September, the 27-year-old took his unbeaten run at Anfield to 50 games, a league record for any player at any ground, which now stands at 59 games.
He also netted his 50th Liverpool goal in his 100th appearance in a 2-1 win over Leicester City in October.
By: Seye Omidiora
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