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The title of Liverpool winger Sadio Mane has taken its place entrance and centre within the media chatter on Sunday, amid the early exchanges between Chelsea and Liverpool.

Reds on prime

The marquee fixture of the Premier League weekend is in fact at present enjoying out within the capital.

Amid the battle to maintain tempo with runaway table-toppers Manchester Metropolis, Chelsea have welcomed Liverpool to Stamford Bridge, for a highly-anticipated showdown between two of English soccer’s heavyweights.

And, as issues stand within the first-half of motion on Sunday, it’s the guests who boast the benefit.

An explosive opening to proceedings, throughout which both aspect may have opened the scoring, finally resulted within the aforementioned Mane notching simply contained in the ten-minute mark.

After Trevoh Chalobah did not take care of Diogo Jota’s meant by ball, Mane took full benefit, dancing past Edouard Mendy earlier than slotting house in type:

Sensational Sadio…⚡#LFC open the scoring at Stamford Bridge after a defensive howler from Trevoh Chalobah! 🤯 pic.twitter.com/Rws1kkMmtV

— Sky Sports activities Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 2, 2022

*Replace* – A chaotic finish to the half has since seen all of Mohamed Salah, Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic discover the online, to make it 2-2.

Mane will get away with one?

Ought to Liverpool’s Senegalese wide-man, although, have even been on the pitch to roll house the opener?

Not within the eyes of many a viewer of Sunday’s motion.

Extremely, inside 15 seconds at Stamford Bridge, Mane was proven a yellow card by referee Anthony Taylor, for an elbow into the face of Cesar Azpilicueta.

Upon replays being broadcast of the incident, it shortly turned clear that the ex-Southampton man was absolutely conscious of what he was doing, culminating in widespread requires a pink card, and solely including additional to the fury of all related to Chelsea when, finally, it was Mane who discovered the online lower than ten minutes later:

Sure, that must be a pink card for Sadio Mane for a deliberate elbow to the face of Cesar Azpilicueta pic.twitter.com/m8knFz3rpd

— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 2, 2022

Within the means of being booked, although, Liverpool’s explosive attacker did handle to safe for himself a chunk of (undesirable) Premier League historical past.

As confirmed by statisticians Opta, Mane’s reserving, at 15 seconds, marked the earliest within the English top-flight since such stats have been first recorded all the way in which again within the 2006/07 marketing campaign:

15 – Because the begin of the 2006-07 season (when we have now actual occasions), Sadio Mané’s reserving after 15 seconds in opposition to Chelsea is the earliest recorded in a Premier League sport. Overzealous.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 2, 2022

 

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Premier League desk

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Crew
MP
D
P

1
Manchester Metropolis
21
40
53

2
Chelsea FC
20
29
42

3
Liverpool FC
19
34
41

4
Arsenal FC
20
8
35

5
West Ham United
20
10
34

6
Tottenham Hotspur
18
3
33

7
Manchester United
18
4
31

8
Wolverhampton Wanderers
18
-1
25

9
Leicester Metropolis
18
-2
25

10
Brighton & Hove Albion
18
-1
24

11
Crystal Palace
20
-1
23

12
Aston Villa
18
-4
22

13
Southampton FC
19
-9
21

14
Brentford FC
18
-4
20

15
Everton FC
17
-8
19

16
Leeds United
18
-18
16

17
Watford FC
18
-14
13

18
Burnley FC
16
-9
11

19
Newcastle United
19
-23
11

20
Norwich Metropolis
19
-34
10

Participant
Crew
Objectives

Salah, Mohamed
Liverpool FC
15

Jota, Diogo
Liverpool FC
10

Vardy, Jamie
Leicester Metropolis
9

Dennis, Emmanuel
Watford FC
8

Antonio, Michail
West Ham United
8

Ronaldo, Cristiano
Manchester United
8

Son, Heung Min
Tottenham Hotspur
8

Smith-Rowe, Emile
Arsenal FC
8

Raphinha
Leeds United
8

Mount, Mason
Chelsea FC
7

Sterling, Raheem
Manchester Metropolis
7

Mane, Sadio
Liverpool FC
7

Maupay, Neal
Brighton & Hove Albion
7

Silva, Bernardo
Manchester Metropolis
7

Mahrez, Riyad
Manchester Metropolis
6

Saka, Bukayo
Arsenal FC
6

Gallagher, Conor
Crystal Palace
6

Jorginho
Chelsea FC
6

Wilson, Callum
Newcastle United
6

Cornet, Maxwel
Burnley FC
6

Participant
Crew
Crimson Playing cards
Yellow Playing cards

Salisu, Mohammed
Southampton FC
0
6

Dennis, Emmanuel
Watford FC
0
6

Tarkowski, James
Burnley FC
0
6

Laporte, Aymeric
Manchester Metropolis
1
5

Neves, Ruben
Wolverhampton Wanderers
0
6

Bissouma, Yves
Brighton & Hove Albion
0
6

Skipp, Oliver
Tottenham Hotspur
0
6

James, Reece
Chelsea FC
1
4

Fernandes, Bruno
Manchester United
0
5

Silva, Bernardo
Manchester Metropolis
0
5

Pogba, Paul
Manchester United
1
4

Cancelo, Joao
Manchester Metropolis
0
5

Robertson, Andy
Liverpool FC
1
4

McGinn, John
Aston Villa
0
5

Canos, Sergi
Brentford FC
0
5

Rice, Declan
West Ham United
0
5

Richarlison
Everton FC
0
5

Rodri
Manchester Metropolis
0
5

Ritchie, Matt
Newcastle United
0
5

Westwood, Ashley
Burnley FC
0
5

Participant
Crew
Assists

Salah, Mohamed
Liverpool FC
8

Alexander-Arnold, Trent
Liverpool FC
8

Bowen, Jarrod
West Ham United
7

Jesus, Gabriel
Manchester Metropolis
7

Pogba, Paul
Manchester United
7

Dennis, Emmanuel
Watford FC
5

Mount, Mason
Chelsea FC
5

James, Reece
Chelsea FC
5

Kovacic, Mateo
Chelsea FC
5

Cancelo, Joao
Manchester Metropolis
5

Robertson, Andy
Liverpool FC
5

Antonio, Michail
West Ham United
4

Mahrez, Riyad
Manchester Metropolis
4

Saka, Bukayo
Arsenal FC
4

Benrahma, Stated
West Ham United
4

Doucoure, Abdoulaye
Everton FC
4

Rice, Declan
West Ham United
4

Redmond, Nathan
Southampton FC
4

Ronaldo, Cristiano
Manchester United
3

Son, Heung Min
Tottenham Hotspur
3

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