Sadio Mane’s organising role in Alisson’s Liverpool winner proved vital

Sadio Mane played a vital role in the moments leading up to Alisson's winning header against West Brom on Sunday – proving that he still has plenty to offer despite a lack of goals.

The 29-year-old admitted last week that he has been having the worse season of his career, and even got medical support to try and pinpoint why he hasn't been feeling his best on the pitch.

Despite that, he noted a desire to try and end the season on a high – and Champions League qualification would surely be seen as that following a poor Premier League season for Liverpool.

Three points against the Baggies were vital in Jurgen Klopp's chances of catching Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea or Brendan Rodgers' Leicester before the season is over – and Mane was pivotal.

Not only did he call for Alisson to come forward for the last-gasp corner following what the Brazilian saw as uncertain messages from the bench, but he also told Trent Alexander-Arnold to take the set-piece.

The in-swinging effort from the defender's right boot proved to be a masterstroke as his goalkeeper was left unmarked in the centre of the box, heading home in style.

The exhilarating end to the game came after Klopp handed Mane a start, and detailed how the Senegalese hero apologised for ignoring his manager following their win over Manchester United.

Klopp said before kick-off when asked whether a line had been drawn under the incident, he said: “Yeah, we spoke and he apologised and it’s clear, that’s it.”

The German boss added after the game when asked if he told Alisson to go up for the corner: "No, I looked at the corner. I don’t exactly know. I saw Ali starting [to go up].

"My part of the goal is that I didn’t shout, ‘Stay back!’ I just let him run. The last minute of the game, nobody has to ask usually a ‘keeper for going in the opposite box when you have to win, which we obviously had to.

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  • "He went there and what a goal! It was incredible. Wow. We saw it now already 10 times back in the dressing room. It’s absolutely incredible.

    "If Olivier Giroud scores a goal like this everybody says it’s a world-class goal.

    "When Alisson is doing it, we have to say the same."

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