Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has admitted that he didn’t expect to receive the pass from James Milner which set him up for the Reds’ opening goal against Leicester on Saturday.
Following a tense start to the clash at Anfield, Milner cut open the Foxes defence with a brilliant pass which Mane ran onto and dispatched to give the hosts the lead before half time.
Jurgen Klopp’s side went on to earn their 17th successive Premier League win thanks to Milner’s late penalty following James Maddison’s equaliser but, speaking to the Sunday Express, Mane said he was surprised Milner set him up for the opening goal.
I didn’t expect that he saw me because usually he never gives me that kind of ball,” the Senegal international said.
“It was just a great assist from Milner and I just try to finish each ball.
“Lucky boy, I just finished this one and I’m happy to score a goal, especially as we got the three points.”
Speaking about the result, Mane added: “[It was] emotional today. To be honest, I think it was a really, really tough game. We knew that before and expected it.
“We played the Champions League [on Wednesday] and now we carry on with this intense game. But it’s normal, it’s the Premier League and we have to expect it all the time.
“At the end of the day, the most important thing is the three points, it doesn’t matter how tired we are.”