Liverpool won yesterday and Sadio Mané was the decisive individual. I could have wrote that sentence many times over the past few years.
In truth, the game was never as close as it felt. The result was justified in the end, even if there was a fair amount of drama along the way. Mané was quite upfront about it.
“Emotional [day]”, the Senegal international told the official Liverpool website.
”To be honest, I think it was a really, really tough game. We knew that before and expected it. We played the Champions League [on Wednesday] and now we carry on with this intense game. But it’s normal, it’s the Premier League and we have to expect it all the time.
”At the end of the day, the most important thing is the three points, it doesn’t matter how tired we are.
”I think it would have been so important for us to keep managing the game, but sometimes it’s not easy because Leicester is a very, very good team and caused us many problems. They equalised the game and that’s why in football you never give up, that’s what we try to do as a team.
”At the end of the game, we got a penalty. To be honest, we just have to say we deserved to win this game.”
Speaking of his goal in the first half, Mané added that “the assist was just incredible. I didn’t expect that he saw me because usually he never gives me that kind of ball!
”It was just a great assist from Milner and I just try to finish each ball. Lucky boy, I just finished this one and I’m happy to score a goal, especially as we got the three points.”
Mané is right when he says Liverpool deserve to win this game. Liverpool are just better than Leicester. They’re better than most teams. End of.