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Linesman whisperer Sadio Mane scores Liverpool’s second offside goal of the week

They've also scored two very good onside goals...

Sadio Mane is a popular fella among the assistant referees of the Premier League at the moment.

On Monday night, the Senegal international benefited from horrendous officiating when assistant Matt Wilkes kept his flag down despite James Milner straying a metre offside before assisting Mane’s opener against West Ham.

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Liverpool’s No10 repeated the trick this afternoon as he converted Milner’s cross to give Jurgen Klopp’s men the lead against Bournemouth at Anfield.

Once again, it appears the goal should have been disallowed for offside…

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To be fair to the officials, it was a marginal decision and you can certainly see why the flag stayed down.

Mane looked level in real time and no Bournemouth players appealed for offside.

Still, no doubt a few paranoid Man City fans will use this as ammo for a conspiracy theory of some kind.

Finish, Gini

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Finish, Gini

The Reds doubled their lead ten minutes later through Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Dutchman latched onto a fine Andrew Robertson pass before lobbing Artur Boruc with a superb finish.

Mohamed Salah then got in on the act soon after half time.

Anfield’s ‘Egyptian King’ stroked the ball into the bottom corner after an exquisite throughball from Naby Keita and a masterful assist from Roberto Firmino.

It’s what he does

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It’s what he does

A confident performance will go some way to silencing those who questioned Liverpool’s ‘bottle’ after they dropped points at the London Stadium.

Your move, City.


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