The 24-year-old joined Liverpool in a £30 million deal on Tuesday afternoon, and promised goals from his favoured attacking role.
Latching onto Graziano Pelle’s knockdown for his first, Mane made the most of a fortunate break to beat Ron Vlaar and Shay Given before slotting home.
His second came following a poor Vlaar backpass and some typical industry from Shane Long, before he slotted into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area to seal his hat-trick.
This saw Mane break Fowler’s 21-year record, with the Liverpool striker scoring three times in four minutes and 32 seconds against Arsenal in 1994, and while he is unlikely to emulate the Reds legend’s heroics in the No. 9 role, this performance underlined his blossoming talent.
The challenge now for the Reds’ new No. 19 is to eclipse this moment and enjoy success in a Liverpool shirt.