The Ful Force of Sadio Mane
Top of the league.
3 points was a must by any means and the Reds delivered as they so often do. For the second time in a week, Liverpool don’t give in to the narrative. They’ve been pegged back in unlikely and bizarre circumstances and given all the reason in the world to fold. But they don’t.
The lazy, hopeful shouts of nervousness and succumbing to too much pressure will have to wait another week, again. Liverpool have the mentality and desire to be in this fight till the very end.
Sunday means more than 3 points. It feels like we revived the title challenge just as it we felt it slipping away. Sunday means we have things to learn and improve on while also claiming maximum points, which is very rare at this stage.
The players have now felt the fear of their dream being cruelly taken away from them and they’ll do whatever it takes to not feel that way again. Virgil has finally made his one and only mistake and it has cost us nothing. An artform in which Alisson has now become an expert in.
The manner of this victory is far more beneficial than the score line we had hoped for at the outset. The players and manager have more concrete evidence of this team’s character to call upon which garners belief when we find ourselves in adverse situations.
It feeds into opposition players, who become even more wary of Liverpool. Another method of getting a result versus Liverpool has failed as coaches all over the country scramble to find our weakness.
Most importantly it really winds up Manchester City, at the very least, who gained hope again only for it to be taken away. Now they must deal with Liverpool being at the top of the table for the next 2 weeks. Glorious.
Mané of the match. Mané of the moment, yet again. He is involved in everything positive going forward. He scores the goal, wins the penalty, hits the bar and sets up Salah at the end for his chance that he should have buried.
He has hit astonishing form at the perfect time and the more important he gets to the side, the better he performs. He doesn’t wilt under pressure, he relishes it. He thrives in big games and high-pressure scenarios more than anyone I’ve seen at Liverpool since Steven Gerrard.
Mane wants to be the best player on this team. He wants to be the one we all look to when we need something special. His confidence and self-belief is astounding. He has no qualms holding the weight of this club’s expectations on his shoulders where so many others would crumble. The extent to which he has grown as a player since joining us from Southampton in 2016 also highlights his tenacious mentality and the high ceiling he sets for himself.
Mané’s 11th goal in as many games sees him break another record. He is now the highest scoring Senegalese player in a single Premier League season. His 17th in the league puts him just one goal off Aguero in the race for the golden boot. All the best to the next Senegalese lad to play football in England.
And so ends a week of 3 huge games for the Reds and 3 victories. 3 from 3 means momentum and positive vibes among the group and us supporters. The international break comes at a perfect time. We need a break, to take our minds off the race for a bit. The players need some time away from that mad German who makes them run loads.
The last 3 were huge because of how much a negative result would have hurt us. If we’d have dropped points in the league games, a large portion of our fanbase would have given up on the title. Bayern was huge because of the big names lost in the last round and the chance we now have of winning our 6th European cup.
Poor results would have led to uproar in the media and more division in the supporters. So, it’s important we praise the team when the get the job done.
7 cup finals yet.
Back after the Break.