It was with expert quality that Mane diverted Luis Diazs well-weighted cross beyond Emi Martinez and in on Tuesday night, with Jordan Henderson attributing it to his hours in the gym.
Its all that gym [he does], the captain said, the neck muscles to generate the power for the header!
The goal kept Liverpools title hopes alive, at least briefly, sealing a 2-1 victory over Steven Gerrards Villa as Mane continued his remarkable form at the business end of the season.
Jurgen Klopps new centre-forward has now scored seven goals in his last nine starts, with Mane firing 22 times in all competitions this season and 15 in the Premier League.
He has now levelled Diogo Jotas league tally for the campaign, and with Mohamed Salah long having broken the 15-goal mark he currently sits on 22 the trio have produced a rare feat.
As revealed by the official Premier League Twitter, Liverpool are only the second side in the leagues history to see three players score 15 or more goals in a single season:
? Mohamed Salah (22)? Diogo Jota (15)? Sadio Mane (15)@LFC are just the second team in #PL history to have three players reach 15 goals in a single campaign, after Man City in 2013/14 ?#AVLLIV pic.twitter.com/OCXzzfQfVV
Premier League (@premierleague) May 10, 2022
It is fitting that Man City, who saw Edin Dzeko (16), Sergio Aguero (17) and Yaya Toure (20) score more than 15 in 2013/14, are the only other club to have done so.
The variety of reliable goalscorers has been one of the key features of Klopps Liverpool, particularly this season with nine players scoring three or more in the league and eight scoring five or more in all competitions.
Manes landmark goal highlighted the 30-year-old as the latest to step up while others endure a dry spell, with neither Salah or Jota netting frequently of late.
In the moment when everybody obviously has a few yards in the legs, like you can see it with him to be honest, [he can do this], Klopp told Sky Sports on Tuesday.
Top goal. Just a fantastic, world-class player.