Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp described his matchwinner as “world-class” and “a machine”.
The winner at Villa was Mane’s 22nd goal of the season in all competitions – his 15th in the Premier League. The Senegalese international has now overtaken Jota as Liverpool’s second-highest goalscorer of the season, behind Salah.
He’s a machine, I told him after the game,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “[He’s a] massive player, his physicality is brutal. The mix of technique, desire and physicality.
“You can see [he has] a few yards in the legs, we can see it to be honest. He’s a fantastic, world-class player.
“His performance was incredible,” captain Jordan Henderson added. “The work he does of the ball for the team was incredible, defending at the end. But his quality in and around the box – it’s the gym isn’t it with that neck muscles!”