With many great Liverpool players, there are often moments that come along that make you realise how special they are.
With Steven Gerrard, it was his thunderbolt against Man United at Anfield. For Luis Suarez, it was his incredible assist for Dirk Kurt against the same team. Fernando Torres’ ruthless finish against Chelsea on his home debut made us realise the Reds had a world-class striker in their ranks.
You no doubt have other examples that instantly pop into your head.
It was just 63 minutes into his Liverpool debut, away to Arsenal, that Mane produced a similarly joyous piece of footballing brilliance, rendering us speechless and causing riotous celebrations in equal measure.
Skipping past tackles down the right, at what looked like Olympian speed, the 24-year-old then cut inside and drilled a stunning left-footed shot into the top corner of Petr Cech’s goal. It put the Reds 4-1 up at the Emirates, but it also announced Mane as Liverpool’s new big-money signing in emphatic style. Whereas former pricy purchases have taken a long time to get going, he ensured he was an instant favourite.
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