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Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: Mane breaks Van Persie record, scores 100th goal in Reds win


Liverpool star Sadio Mane beat Van Persie mark by scoring in nine straight matches against Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace must be sick of the sight of Sadio Mane after the Liverpool star broke a Premier League record on Saturday.

Mane’s goal in the 3-0 win at Anfield, his 100th for Liverpool in all competitions, made him the first player to score in nine consecutive top-flight matches against the same opponent.

The Liverpool forward’s scoring run against Crystal Palace started back in August 2017.

Mane’s milestone strike came in his 224th appearance for the Reds, breaking Palace’s rearguard action late in the first half at Anfield.

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah and Guinea midfielder Naby Keita netted in the second half to move Jurgen Klopp’s team three points clear of second-placed Manchester City.

It was fitting that Mane should make it to his century against Palace as he set a new Premier League record for the most consecutive games a player has scored against one opponent.

It was the ninth successive match that Mane had netted against Palace.

More importantly for Klopp, Mane already has four goals this term, suggesting he is ready to put last season’s disappointing personal campaign behind him.

After Liverpool’s lacklustre, injury-hit defence of the Premier League title, they are back in the groove in the chase to regain the trophy from Manchester City.

Klopp’s men have opened the season with an unbeaten run of four wins from five games, with just one goal conceded and 12 scored.

French defender Ibrahima Konate, signed from Leipzig in the close season, was handed his Liverpool debut as one of six changes from the midweek Champions League win over AC Milan.

Klopp switched his entire back four, with Virgil van Dijk returning, James Milner playing on the right instead of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kostas Tsimikas replacing Andy Robertson.

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