BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Tuesday, May 10, 2022: Liverpool's Sadio Mané celebrates with team-mate Luis Díaz (R) after scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Aston Villa FC and Liverpool FC at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sadio Mane goal clinches Liverpool record – the 2nd in Premier League history

Sadio Mane took his league goal tally to 15 with his header against Aston Villa, and in doing so recorded a feat only seen once before in Premier League history.

It was with expert quality that Mane diverted Luis Diaz‘s well-weighted cross beyond Emi Martinez and in on Tuesday night, with Jordan Henderson attributing it to his hours in the gym.

“It’s all that gym [he does],” the captain said, “the neck muscles to generate the power for the header!”

The goal kept Liverpool’s title hopes alive, at least briefly, sealing a 2-1 victory over Steven Gerrard‘s Villa as Mane continued his remarkable form at the business end of the season.

Jurgen Klopp‘s 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 Jota‘s 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 league’s history to see three players score 15 or more goals in a single season:

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 Klopp’s Liverpool, particularly this season with nine players scoring three or more in the league and eight scoring five or more in all competitions.

Mane’s 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.”