Liverpool ensured there would be no fairytale return for Rafa Benitez with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United at Anfield.
Mohamed Salah – who else? – scored the opening goal, his 32nd of the season, following an impressive run from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The 26-year-old has now found the back of the net more times that Luis Suarez did in his best ever season at Anfield, doing his chances of claiming the Premier League Player of the Year award no harm.
And it was 2-0 shortly after the restart, with Sadio mane continuing his fine run of form.
The Senegalese has now scored five goals in his past three matches and it’s been great to see following a noticeable loss in confidence earlier in the campaign.
WHAT MANE DID AFTER MAKING IT 2-0
Mane finished off a fine team move in the 55th minute to double the lead.
The goal was classy and Liverpool fans love what Mane did afterwards, too.
Mane has a reputation for copying his teammate’s celebrations and he did so once again, choosing to do Roberto Firmino’s celebration.
— 𝐈𝐦 𝐒𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐫 (@_FILMBuFF_) March 3, 2018
He’s done it again 😂 pic.twitter.com/4Npex6vfuu
— Sam (@VintageKIopp) March 3, 2018
Are you ever going to come up with your own celebration, Sadio?
Here’s how Liverpool fans reacted.
Mane doing the Firmino celebration is everything! #LFC
— Graeme Kelly (@GraemeKelly1) March 3, 2018
Mané copying Firmino’s celebration again. I absolutely love him so much.
— – (@AnfieldRd96) March 3, 2018
Another Sadio Mane goal, another Roberto Firmino celebration copy. You cannot ask for more.
— Dharma Bhagalia (@Kloppholic) March 3, 2018
Mane copying Firmino’s celebrations gives me life
— bigby (@SonOfUhtred) March 3, 2018
MANE IS LOVING HIS FOOTBALL RIGHT NOW
Mane, just like the rest of his teammates, is flourishing right now and he explained just what’s making Liverpool tick at the moment in an interview with BT Sport before the match.
“Honestly I’m enjoying it all the time,” he said. “Playing with these great players in the squad, the confidence is back.
“The team spirit is fantastic, I think we’re going to keep going.
“People are always talking about ‘front three front three’ but sometimes the people forget the work starts behind, from the goalkeeper and all the other players.
“Like I always said they make it easier, like it was we always score.”