Liverpool surprisingly had their “toughest” match of their season so far, according to Sadio Mane-- who scored Liverpool’s late-winning goal to keep his team six points ahead of Manchester City.
The League-leaders trailed Aston Villa 0-1 when Andy Robertson came in and knocked an equalizer in with only about four minutes left in the match. Then came Mane’s emotional goal in extra time to solidify their win and first-place standing in the table.
Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp said his team played like “kids, too playful.” He wasn’t happy with his players’ body language in the first half. But in the second half, the winner came from the corner kick that Liverpool has utilized to its advantage many times before. The cheekiest one being Trent Alexander-Arnold’s, of course.
Reds fans were ecstatic at Mane’s goal, but of course it received much criticism by all the non-Liverpool fans. Pep Guardiola had even criticized him after the match, which sparked a huge outrage of Liverpool fans across the world on social media.
Following his match against Southampton, who put up a fight against the defending league champs, Man City Manager Guardiola was asked about Liverpool’s comeback and he said:
“It has happened many times, what Liverpool have done in the last few years, its because [Mane] has a special talent… sometimes he’s diving, sometimes he has this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute. He’s a talent.”
The fumes of Liverpool fans began spewing, especially on Twitter.
This is great tension building up as Liverpool and Man City will face off next Sunday. This is the fixture that most Premier League fans have been awaiting.
Will the Reds defeat Man City? Will this game foreshadow the Premier League title?