Sadio Mane Dedicated His Goal To Liverpool Fan's Grandfather
Sadio Mane made good on a conversation with a fan, by dedicating his goal to the fan's grand dad with his celebration against Crystal Palace.
Liverpool ran riot on Saturday afternoon as they continued their good form with a 7-0 hammering of Crystal Palace, that even left a smile on Roy Hodgson's face.
With so much going on, including Mo Salah's beautiful strike for the final goal that left Hodgson with no option but to smile, it was easy to miss a detail in Mane's goal.
The Senegal forward kissed his fingers and pointed to the sky, as if he were dedicating the goal to someone, but it wasn't obvious who it was for.
Liverpool podcast The Anfield Wrap have revealed who the celebration was for, and it comes from a brilliant video chat Mane had with a fan.
The former Southampton forward spoke to charity volunteer Lee and told the fan he liked to copy celebrations, so Lee showed him one for his grandfather.
He did it- The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) December 19, 2020
Just the absolute main fella
Best moment of the day pic.twitter.com/kP5vuQjnqg
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During these tough times, Sadio surprised Lee - an incredible volunteer at @theflorrie and a massive red - with a day he'll never forget :heart:- Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 27, 2020
Dear Liverpool FC, presented by @NIVEAMENUK... pic.twitter.com/uaiQKTNcWo
Liverpool tweeted the conversation out at the end of November, so it's been a while since the 28-year-old was asked to do the celebration, but it's not like he was being rude.
Unusually for the forward he's not been on the scoresheet for a while. Before Saturday, Mane's previous goal had come at the beginning of November in the Champions League against Atalanta.
You actually have to go back to October 17th and the Merseyside derby for Mane's previous league goal!
Mane didn't look happy as he was substituted off for Salah, someone who he's clashed with before over the Egyptian's perceived selfishness, but Jurgen Klopp said everything was fine after the game.
"He was not angry because Mo was coming on," Klopp told BT Sport. "He was not happy, he had a look at the watch or looked at the free-kick - I didn't see on the pitch until after the free-kick.
"You can't play football like this if you're just a solider doing everything what the boss says. They do what I say but something they're human beings in their reaction. We spoke after the game and Sadio was absolutely fine."
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