Sadio Mane has notched his 100th goal for Liverpool by opening the scoring against Crystal Palace and in doing so broken a Premier League record previously held by Robin van Persie
Sadio Mane has scored his 100th Liverpool goal and rewritten Premier League history in the process.
The Senegalese forward backed up his strike six days ago at Leeds with the opener against the Eagles at Anfield.
Crystal Palace will certainly be sick of the sight of Mane – who has now scored in nine consecutive games against them.
That has topped the previous record held by Robin van Persie, who scored in eight successive games against Stoke City.
Mane’s run of goals against the south Londoners began way back in August 2017, when he scored a winner in a 1-0 success at Anfield.
That was followed up by the winning goal in a 2-1 victory at Selhurst Park later that season.
Mane twice notched in the 93rd minute in the 2018/19 season to keep his run going.
The first of those late strikes came in a 2-0 win at Palace before he again scored in stoppage time in a seven-goal thriller on Merseyside.
Mane bagged the opener in a 2-1 success in Liverpool’s title winning season before he got on the scoresheet in a 4-0 rout later that year.
Last term the 29-year-old notched in a 7-0 demolition at Selhurst Park before getting in on the act on the final day of last season.
Mane has bought up his century of goals in 224 appearances, an impressive strike rate for someone who plays out wide and is known for his team play.
His haul of 26 in the 2018/19 season remains his single season high.
Last term he struggled for form in patches and continues to come in for criticism whilst his colleague Mohamed Salah scores with regularity.
Despite that Jurgen Klopp had talked up his forward prior to the Palace clash, saying: “Sadio is really sharp. We talk about this when a striker misses chances but the amount he had is important.
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“He’s in a good moment, he’ll get there [to 100] goals one day. It would be nice [to do it Sat]. In a really good moment physically and mentally.”
It comes after Mane confessed battling against the worst season of his career last term.
He even sought help to determine whether he had made adverse changes.
“This is the worst season of my career. I have to admit it,” Mané told the French television channel Canal+.
“If you ask me what is wrong I will struggle to give you an answer. Personally I don’t know. I have always tried to be positive, whether things are going well or badly.
“I question myself all the time. I even underwent a test to take a look at my body. Am I eating the right foods, or has everything changed? But they checked the test results, and everything is fine.
“I need to understand that in life there are ups and downs. I will keep on working hard – and perhaps in time this situation will pass.”