Chris Sutton has heaped praise on Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane for his performance against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.
The Senegal star scored twice as the Reds defeated the German giants 3-1 to progress to the Champions League quarter finals, and Sutton was clearly impressed with the 26-year-old.
“Sadio Mane’s first goal was truly special,” he wrote in his Daily Mail column. “The first touch is everything. You can see Mane pointing to where he wants the pass and Virgil van Dijk hit a lovely ball. Mane knows what he wants to do but it is another thing to be able to execute it.
“He makes a fool out of Manuel Neuer. Mane still had a lot to do though. There were defenders to beat. A lot of players would have just lashed it but he had the awareness to take his time and dink it into the net. It was such a difficult finish.
“Everyone knows about how quick Mane is but this goal showed [he] is so much more than just raw pace. He scores all type of goals and proves Liverpool do not just have to rely on Mo Salah.”
Sutton is bang on the money, here. Mane was absolutely unplayable on Wednesday night and Bayern simply couldn’t cope with him. His first goal, as Sutton says, was pure genius. Mane knew where he wanted the ball to be played, which is a skill in itself, and Van Dijk put it exactly where his teammate wanted it. The ball was excellent, but what Mane did next was truly something special. His first touch was sublime but his spin around Manuel Neuer was exceptional. He beat the Germany international all ends up and proceeded to dink a beautiful finish into the gaping Bayern net. That goal changed the course of the game and set the Reds on course to progress to the next round of the Champions League. When you put all of the above together you end up with a world class goal which is up there with the best seen in Europe’s elite competition this campaign.