Mane makes Premier League history with latest Liverpool goal

Paola Ditto
Aprile 17, 2018

The Londoners kept their Champions League qualification hopes alive with a second-half fightback from two goals down against Southampton on Saturday.

Liverpool FC finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last term to secure a return to the Champions League.

Salah, in his first season at Anfield, became the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush in 1986-87 to reach the 40-goal mark and only the third from the club to reach that landmark after Rush and 1966 England World Cup victor Roger Hunt.

"They make everything easier".

Klopp was gushing in his praise for his team after the game, with their relentless counter-pressing a particular source of pride.

Mane was joined on the scoresheet by fellow forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino - the seventh time this season all three have netted in the same game. "I'm sure he'll keep doing that for the rest of the season".

Mane continued: "It was not an easy week for us because it was too close to play each game but as professionals we tried to do it and everything [went] well".

"The development as a side is really good", noted Klopp.

"They are two or three players away from putting a challenge in", Parlour told Sky Sports.

However, the Liverpool Echo say Klopp never considered letting his star man go.

It's an eighth clean sheet in twelve for a Liverpool side that are now back into third in the league with four games remaining.

"He could prove to be Liverpool's 'X-Factor" in the coming weeks because opponents are understandably going to zone in on stopping the front three, but Oxlade-Chamberlain breaking from the middle of the park can be extremely hard to stop.

Liverpool look to be peaking at the ideal time of the season and if they can continue to get such a high level of performance from players not widely regarded as their "stars" then it's going to take a special performance - or some very good fortune - for anyone to beat them.

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