A number of photos showcasing Sadio Mane on the receiving end of a nasty kick to the face in the process of netting Liverpool’s winner versus Aston Villa have emerged online.
Liverpool win it at the death
The Reds travelled to Villa Park yesterday afternoon, for their latest league outing.
Liverpool entered proceedings sitting pretty atop the English top-flight table, 6 points clear of champions Manchester City.
After dropping their first points of the campaign two weeks ago at Manchester United, the Merseyside powerhouse bounced back last time out, with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Tottenham.
Klopp’s men also secured their spot in the League Cup’s quarter-finals this past Wednesday, courtesy of an incredible comeback and subsequent penalty shootout victory over Arsenal.
And, when all was said and done yesterday evening, Liverpool came from behind for the 3rd-straight fixture, to eventually bag a last-gasp 3 points.
Villa took the lead with 20 minutes on the clock, when John McGinn’s delivery to the back post was slotted home by Trezeguet.
And Dean Smith’s men managed to hold onto their advantage until the 87th-minute, before becoming the latest victims of the Liverpool late show.
First, Andy Robertson got on the end of a Sadio Mane assist, to level things up.
Mane then turned goal-scorer with essentially the last kick of the game, nodding home into the far corner of Tom Heaton’s net from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s pinpoint corner.
Mane takes one for the team
Mane’s winner, meanwhile, unsurprisingly sparked wild celebrations amongst Liverpool’s players.
The Reds stars at Villa Park immediately surrounded their Senegalese teammate, congratulating Mane on his latest telling contribution.
The former Southampton man himself, though, looked somewhat subdued in his celebrations.
And an explanation for Mane having not looked quite as ecstatic as one may have expected has since emerged online.
As showcased below, the explosive wide-man was actually kicked full-on in the face in the process of netting his winner:
We saw the goal.
We saw the celebration.
We didn’t see the price..we didn’t see the boot hitting his face after the winning header..looks like the face took a solid knocking but he didn’t show the pain…
Body on the line for the 3 points…absolute commitment..what a man! 🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/DFRSFhMP7i
— FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) November 3, 2019