Liverpool drew 1-1 against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s struggling Manchester United side at Old Trafford as one player flew under the radar for Jurgen Klopp’s men (via BBC).
The Old Trafford side, who had come into the game off the back of no league wins since their home game against Leicester City, took a shock lead in the first half through Marcus Rashford.
However, there was a touch of controversy about the goal, with Divock Origi claiming he was fouled in the build-up.
The heat was turned up a notch when Liverpool were denied a goal through Sadio Mane after he was adjudged to have handled the ball in the process of scoring.
Liverpool did equalise late on when a cross into the box from Andrew Robertson was turned in by substitute Adam Lallana at the back post.
Mane proved to be the player who went unnoticed as he produced yet another solid performance for Klopp in a tricky game.
The Senegal international attempted the joint-most dribbles, the fourth-joint most aerial duels and the joint-fourth most tackles in the side in a well-rounded solid performance (via WhoScored).
His energetic performance was summed up by his defending from the front, making the most fouls in the side (5) as the attacker did the most to thwart United’s attacks.
Sky Sports agreed with these thoughts on Mane as they gave him a six out of 10, commenting on his threat.
They said: “Moved to the right for the first half and posed the greatest threat to the Manchester United defence, setting up Firmino with a good opening.”
“He thought he had equalised too only to see it disallowed for handball. Moved all over the pitch in the second half in search of space.” (Source: Sky Sports)
It was proven during yesterday’s game that Mane is a key cog in Klopp’s well-oiled machine, even when things aren’t going as well as they usually do for his side.
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