If ever a goal could sum up a player, this was it.
Sadio Mane’s pass was poor. A giveaway. He was not happy with himself.
So what did he do? Stand and sulk? Look around for a team-mate to blame?
Not a bit of it.
Liverpool’s Senegalese star is not wired that way. Instead, Mane hared after the ball, following it as Kurt Zouma rolled it back to Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Chelsea goal.
Kepa’s intention to pass out was good, but Mane read it, stretching out a foot to intercept, then firing the loose ball into the unguarded net with the goalkeeper scrambling.
Two-nil Liverpool. Game, set, match.
It took Mane only 10 minutes, either side of half-time, to bend this game to his will.
It was he who was fouled, crudely, by Andreas Christensen shortly before the interval, leading to the Chelsea defender’s dismissal.
Mane’s run, from out