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Watch: Sadio Mane Gives Liverpool Lead: May Have Secured Champions League Qualification

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has given his side an invaluable first-half lead with a scuffed effort from close-range.

Andy Robertson whipped in a high corner, which seemingly found Gini Wijnaldum, before the Reds’ No.10 poked the rogue ball into the back of the net.

Against the odds, Jurgen Klopp’s side have battled back into the mix for Champions League qualification and they now know one more win will secure a place in the top four. They face Crystal Palace on the final day of the 2020/21 season at Anfield hoping to get it.

They are currently fourth with a superior goal difference to Leicester and only have to match the Foxes’ result against Tottenham to qualify.

“Was it the most difficult? Yes. It was the most difficult year of my life because I never thought I’d have to deal with a pandemic,” boss Jurgen Klopp said ahead of the game. “I found that fight really difficult to deal with to be honest. What did I learn? That sleep is over-estimated!

The North London clubs are fighting it out for seventh place and a place in the Europa Conference League. Arsenal need to better Tottenham’s result to claw it away from their rivals.

“A better manager I am not sure but more experienced. We made so many experiences we could not have done in any other years. There will be a time when I appreciate that but it will be in the future, not in the moment.”
It’s potentially a massive goal for Liverpool, with victory securing Champions League football for the 2021/22 season.

After the season both the Reds and Mane have had respectively, securing qualification for Europe’s flagship tournament would be huge.

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