Sadio Mane scored twice as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool beat Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich 3-1 in the Champions League round of 16.
Manuel Neuer has paid tribute to ‘world class’ Sadio Mane after the Liverpool star left him red faced on Wednesday night, as reported by Goal.
Liverpool sealed one of the most impressive results in their Champions League history this week, beating the Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich 3-1 in their own back yard to seal a place in the quarter-finals.
Mane was undoubtedly the star of the show, scoring twice at the Allianz Arena. His second was a thumping header from close range but his first will live far longer in the memory.
Latching onto a ball in behind, the Senegal star dragged Neuer from his goalline, turned the German number one before lofting a glorious chip into the far corner.
“Mane is in the inside channel and is running towards me, and I thought I could put him off,” said Neuer, who continues to look a shadow of his former unbreachable self at the age of 32.
“If he takes a normal touch, I get the ball, but he takes a world-class touch so the ball is right in front of his feet. He makes a body feint, goes around me and chips the ball into the goal.
“If I had stayed in goal, Mane would have been one-on-one against me and had a clear chance to score.”
Mane has now scored 19 goals in all competitions this season and no player in Liverpool’s history has ever scored as many times away from home in Europe. His record-breaking seventh came on Wednesday in Munich as the former Southampton star overtook Steven Gerrard’s tally.