Sadio Mane breaks Premier League record with landmark goal for Liverpool as Manchester City fire blanks against Southampton at Etihad

Saturday, September 18th, 2021 19:46 | By
Liverpool’s Senegalese striker Sadio Mane celebrates after he scores his team’s second goal during their English Premier League football match against Burnley at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on August 21, 2021. Photo/AFP

Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane has broken a Premier League goal scoring record with his opener against Crystal Palace in Saturday's Premier League clash.

The Senegalese winger stepped out onto the Anfield turf aiming to score for the ninth game in a row against the Eagles, which would have also taken him up to 100 strikes in red.

Despite a relatively slow start to the game, Mane drew first blood in the 43rd minute of the contest, as the former Southampton man was on hand to hammer home a rebound after Vicente Guaita had saved Mohamed Salah's header.

Mane's strike on Saturday has seen him become the first player ever to score in nine consecutive Premier Leagues games against a single opponent, while he has also become the 18th player to net 100 goals for Liverpool.

The 29-year-old had witnessed his teammate Salah hit a century of goals for the Merseyside giants in last week's win against Leeds United, and he now boasts 13 goals from 14 league games against Palace.

Mane has scored 13 goals in 14 appearances against Crystal Palace - and he's now scored in each of his last nine Premier League games against them, a record.

Meanwhile, in another Premier League fixture, a near-capacity crowd failed to inspire Manchester City as the champions were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Southampton at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side might even have felt relieved to claim a point after referee Jon Moss overturned decisions to award Southampton a penalty and send Kyle Walker off in the second half.

Statistically, City dominated but lacked their normal cutting edge with clear-cut opportunities were at a premium as City failed to muster a shot on target in the first half.

Sterling, making his first Premier League start since the opening day of the season, started in the centre-forward position with Gabriel Jesus on the right.

The pair combined well at times but, with a stubborn Southampton blunting their threat, it was not a surprise to see them switch positions in the second period.

In the closing minutes, and thought they had found a way through when Sterling smashed home a rebound after McCarthy brilliantly kept out a Foden header.

Moss ruled out the effort for offside and a tense few moments followed as VAR checked the decision, but the effort did not count. 0-0 final score.

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