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Sadio Mane has become Liverpool’s go-to guy after another late winner

The hour comes, the Mane arrives: he rescued Liverpool (again) in Norwich and enjoys his best minutes-per-goal relationship with Anfield … Sadio is the go-to-goer of Jurgen Klopp

  • Sadio Mane again made the difference for Liverpool leaders last weekend
  • With a game at 0-0, Mane came off the bench and scored the winner in 78th minute
  • The 27-year-old is the man who can offer something special when needed
  • His 16 goals in 2,523 minutes is on average a goal every 158 minutes this season

While Liverpool struggled to find a breakthrough against basement boys, Norwich Sadio Mane came to the rescue again.

Fellow attackers Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah were unable to break through the defense of the Canary Islands in 77 minutes.

But within 18 minutes of his introduction from the bank, Mane found the most important winner to continue the march from the Reds to the Premier League title.

Liverpool striker Sadio Mane came to the rescue again against basement boys Norwich

Liverpool striker Sadio Mane came to the rescue again against basement boys Norwich

Under pressure from defenders, Mane pulled the ball out of the air with a sublime touch

Under pressure from defenders, Mane pulled the ball out of the air with a sublime touch

Under pressure from defenders, Mane pulled the ball out of the air with a sublime touch

He unleashed a powerful left foot attack and the ball was past Tim Krul before he knew it

He unleashed a powerful left foot attack and the ball was past Tim Krul before he knew it

He unleashed a powerful left foot attack and the ball was past Tim Krul before he knew it

The Senegal international made one of its trademarks from and to the inside and was selected by a pinpoint pass from Jordan Henderson.

Under pressure from two Norwich defenders, Mane pulled the ball out of the air with an excellent touch and unleashed a powerful left attack. The ball was past Tim Krul before he knew it.

Three more points for Liverpool, thanks to some late Mane magic.

It is not the first time this season that the 27-year-old has saved the day. With Liverpool locked at 1-1 with Leicester in October, Mane won a penalty in the stoppage time. James Milner repented and Liverpool sealed the win.

But the competition that surpasses the rest took place a few weeks later.

Aston Villa looked like they would put an end to Jurgen Klopp on November 2.

It is not the first time this season that he saved the day - Mane won the late penalty against Leicester

It is not the first time this season that he saved the day - Mane won the late penalty against Leicester

It is not the first time this season that he saved the day – Mane won the late penalty against Leicester

Mane, who had wasted his chances earlier in the game, made the equalizer for Andy Robertson in the 87th minute.

And when the clock came out in the 94th minute, Mane scored the winner with a difficult header in the near post.

He has become Liverpool’s talisman this season. He is the man who can make a difference by producing something special.

In the recent seasons when Liverpool has pushed to secure their first league title since 1990, Salah is the star expected to get something out of the bag.

Mane provided Andy Robertson's equalizer assistant in the 87th minute against Aston Villa

Mane provided Andy Robertson's equalizer assistant in the 87th minute against Aston Villa

Mane provided Andy Robertson’s equalizer assistant in the 87th minute against Aston Villa

He then scored the winner in the 94th minute with a difficult header in the near post

He then scored the winner in the 94th minute with a difficult header in the near post

He then scored the winner in the 94th minute with a difficult header in the near post

Of course, the Liverpool side of Klopp is nothing less than sensational this campaign and the attacking partners Firmino and Salah van Mane both scored vital goals.

But it seems that Mane has taken on the cloak to be the go-to-guy when Liverpool is stuck.

He has the ability to create something from scratch and as Norwich discovered the most difficult odds.

Mane was absent during the last few weeks during an injury, but Joe Gomez greeted his Reds teammate after playing another crucial role on Saturday.

The Senegal international has become the Talisman of Jurgen Klopp for this campaign

The Senegal international has become the Talisman of Jurgen Klopp for this campaign

The Senegal international has become the Talisman of Jurgen Klopp for this campaign

“What a player he is; he gives you a boost of self-confidence when he comes and psychologically it is not fun for another team, “he said.

‘He is huge and he turned up for us at so many times this year and did it again.

“All different ways and different forms of goals, it shows its quality and we were lucky to get off the couch, but that was clearly due to his injury.”

Mane enjoys his best minutes per goal ratio during his time on Merseyside. He has scored 16 goals in 2,523 minutes, which is an average of a goal every 158 minutes.

For comparison: Salah has scored 18 goals this season in 2,945 minutes; a goal every 164 minutes.

Mane came to Liverpool from Southampton in 2016 for just £ 30 million and his strike against Norwich was his 100th in English football.

What a bargain for a player who has established himself as the most important man on Anfield.

Roberto Firmino (left), Mohamed Salah (center) and Mane are a deadly attacking triumvirate

Roberto Firmino (left), Mohamed Salah (center) and Mane are a deadly attacking triumvirate

Roberto Firmino (left), Mohamed Salah (center) and Mane are a deadly attacking triumvirate

SADIO MANE AT LIVERPOOL
SeasonPlayed gamesGames startedPlayed minutesGoalsMinutes per goalShot Conversion Rate (%)Assists
2016-172928242013186237
2017-184443347820174189
2018-195049430626166232
2019-203228252316158218

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