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Henderson puts Liverpool ahead at half, Mane limps off

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Sadio Mane walked off the Molineux pitch with an injury in the 33rd minute of Liverpool’s visit to Wolves on Thursday.

The Senegalese winger sat on the turf until the ball was played out by Wolves, then stood up and took a couple of steps before sitting down again.

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It certainly didn’t look like anything major, but Mane’s quick and decisive exit certainly won’t ease the concerns of Reds supporters.

Takumi Minamino took his place, making a Premier League debut with Liverpool leading 1-0 on a Jordan Henderson goal.

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Henderson rose high to nod a Trent Alexander-Arnold free kick towards goal, and Wolves keeper Rui Patricio could get a hand on it to redirect it into the side netting.

Liverpool rides past sloppy Manchester United

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Virgil Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah scored as Liverpool powered past Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday.

Liverpool left the door open deep in stoppage time thanks to uncharacteristically poor finishing but controlled the match in increasing its table lead to 16 points with a match-in-hand.

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United stays on 34 points, five back of fourth-place Chelsea.

Marcus Rashford missed the match with a back injury, and reports say he could miss 2-3 months with a double stress fracture.


United was lively out of the gates, too much so in the case of an early Nemanja Matic yellow card for a high kick.

Van Dijk put the leaders ahead in the 15th minute, rising over Harry Maguire as the United back tussled with Joe Gomez.

Mane came close to making it 2-0 in the 24th, but an extra touch allowed Luke Shaw to clear for a corner.

Firmino had it 2-0 on the board, but Van Dijk fouled David De Gea before the play. De Gea received a yellow card for his remonstrations before VAR intervened.

Liverpool had a second goal wiped off the board when Wijnaldum was just offside on his run to slip a ball past De Gea.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka cued Andreas Pereira up for a back-post chance, but the sliding Brazilian couldn’t get anything on it.

Pereira then pumped a shot to Alisson from distance, good venom but an easy catch. De Gea then made a leg save on Mane at the other end.

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Liverpool returned with vigor in the second half, Salah forcing a big save out of De Gea. Then the keeper pushed a Jordan Henderson smash off the goal post.

The hosts dominated, and rare United ventures like Fred‘s 57th-minute lash wide of the near post were well covered.

Anthony Martial worked a 1-2 with Pereira and viciously lashed over the far corner as United found another chance.

Mane missed wide when Wijnaldum cooked an over-aggressive Maguire with a midfield nutmeg.

There was a stoppage-time charge from United, but nothing came of it besides Salah’s long dribble to beat De Gea.

Mane to win Player of the Season?

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Like he does every time he steps on the pitch, Sadio Mane is out in front of everyone else in the Premier League.

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Should the Senegal star, who was crowned the CAF (African Football Confederation) Player of the Year on Tuesday, be crowned the best player in the Premier League this season?

During the 2019-20 campaign he has taken his game to the next level. He has always had pace, trickery and the ability to create chances for himself and his teammates but he has now added consistent end product to his game.

Mane, 27, leads Liverpool with 15 goals in all competitions and he has 11 in the Premier League. His personal best for goals in a season is 26, which was last season, and he’s set to smash that in 2019-20. But it’s not just the fact that Mane is scoring more goals and is more clinical. It’s the fact that he is delivering when his team needs him most.

During his time at Southampton and his early days at Liverpool, Mane was labelled as being inconsistent. Unstoppable one game, ineffective the next.

This season he’s scored key goals in one-goal wins against Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Wolves. Mane has overtaken his strike partners Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in terms of his importance to the team and is helping Liverpool turn tight games from draws to wins.

His main contenders to be crowned the PL’s player of the season are Kevin De Bruyne, Jamie Vardy and his own teammates Virgil Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold (who will probably win the Young Player of the Year). With the award usually given to a player from a the title-winning team, Mane, VVD and TAA are the smart money picks to pick up the major gong in May.

Mane is the clear favorite and unless he has a huge drop off in form in the second half of the season, we should get used to seeing him in a tux and posing for photos with individual awards.

He’s finally getting the plaudits his incredible play deserves.

Mane named CAF Player of the Year

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Sadio Mane has bragging rights for at least the year over his club teammate, and fellow African, Mohamed Salah.

On Tuesday, the Confederation of African Football voted Mane as the African Player of the Year for 2019, his first continental individual award. Mane beat out Salah (Egypt), who had won the previous two seasons and Algerian and Manchester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez. Interestingly, it’s the first win for a Senegalese player since El Hadji Diouf won it in 2002, shortly after joining Liverpool, Mane’s current club.

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“I’m very happy and proud to win this award,” Mane said, per the CAF. “I thank my teammates at the Senegal national team and also my club, Liverpool for their support.”

Mane’s had a heck of a last 18 months or so. He finished tied for the Premier League Golden Boot with 22 goals and also won the UEFA Champions League and the Golden Boot for that competition in 2019. Then he followed that up by leading Senegal to the African Cup of Nations final, and so far this year, he’s got 11 goals in 18 Premier League matches as the Reds are way ahead in the race for the league title.
In addition to Mane, Salah, and Mahrez, Liverpool’s Joel Matip, Tottenham’s Serge Aurier, and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were all named to the CAF Best XI for 2019. Former Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye was also named to the list.

Transfer rumor roundup: Eriksen, Vertonghen in demand; Mane to Madrid?

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A roundup of all of Wednesday’s biggest transfer rumors, including those involving Premier League clubs…

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With six months now remaining on his Tottenham Hotspur contract, speculation over Christian Eriksen‘s future has once again begun. The Danish playmaker is widely expected to leave Tottenham in the summer, and a number of the world’s biggest clubs — including, but certainly not limited to, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus — have already been linked. Now, Inter Milan have reportedly entered the race to sign the 27-year-old.


Speaking of Spurs players now in the final six months of their contract, Jan Vertonghen will be out of contract this summer and there have been few, if any, reports of negotiations over a new deal. As such, Napoli and Ajax are each reportedly interested in signing the 32-year-old at a heavily discounted price this month.


Real Madrid have reportedly reached out and made contact with the representatives of Liverpool winger Sadio Mane. Los Blancos would be looking for a mega-bucks transfer this summer.


Frank Lampard has played down reports that Chelsea have placed Wilfried Zaha atop their January shopping list. The Crystal Palace winger has reportedly been on his way out of Crystal Palace for years now, and Chelsea is just the latest club linked with the 27-year-old. However, Lampard says Zaha is “not in our plans.”


Moise Kean hasn’t yet delivered the good since arriving at Everton from Juventus this summer, leading some to speculate that the 19-year-old Italian could leave Goodison Park in short order. Instead, reports out of Merseyside indicate that the Toffees have no interest in losing Kean following the appointment of fellow Italian, Carlo Ancelotti, as the club’s new manager.