Sadio Mane

Debate rages online over whether Liverpool’s opener vs Bournemouth should have been ruled out

A heated debate over the validity of Sadio Mane’s opening goal for Liverpool during the Reds’ clash with Bournemouth has erupted online this afternoon.

Liverpool vs Bournemouth

Jurgen Klopp’s table-toppers are currently locked in action with Bournemouth at Anfield.

Liverpool headed into proceedings aware that a victory would see them reclaim sole ownership of top spot in the English top-flight, ahead of Manchester City’s meeting with Chelsea tomorrow evening.

Bournemouth, meanwhile, had followed a morale-boosting pair of consecutive victories over West Ham and Chelsea with a hugely-disappointing 2-0 defeat at Cardiff last time out.

Liverpool in front

As such, it came as little surprise when the Cherries fell behind early on at Anfield, with Sadio Mane having bagged the game’s opener.

The goal came about after the Senegalese attacker got on the end of a superb James Milner cross from the right to bury a powerful header past the helpless Artur Boruc.

‘Getting silly now’

Upon replays of Mane’s opener being broadcast, a debate quickly erupted amongst fans, online, though, regarding whether the goal should in fact have been disallowed.

The exchange came about over a potential offside call, with many having been absolutely adamant that Mane had been ahead of Bournemouth’s backline when Milner’s cross was whipped in, making it 2 offside goals awarded to Liverpool in the space of 2 games:

‘Bang on line’

Others, though, were equally-unwavering in their stance that Mane was in fact onside, and that a combination of camera angles and misconstrued interpretation of the rules of the game were behind the calls for Liverpool’s opener to have been ruled out:

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