Premier League: Sadio Mané wins Liverpool, Edouard Mendy close to Chelsea

Senegalese Sadio Mané scored both goals in Liverpool's victory at Chelsea on September 20, 2020. Michael Regan / Reuters

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The English champions did not tremble at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, September 20.

On Chelsea ground, Liverpool won (2-0) thanks to Sadio Mané, decisive double scorer.

As for the Blues, where we have concerns as a goalkeeper, Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy should get involved very quickly.


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During the first day of the Premier League, Liverpool had been jostled by Leeds (4-3).

A hat-trick from Mohamed Salah

had greatly helped Jürgen Klopp's men to avoid the trap set by the promoted.

This Sunday, September 20, for the second day of the championship, the opponent was presumed tougher: Chelsea, away.

The match was however easier for the champions of England.

An expulsion provoked and two goals scored for Mané

After Mohamed Salah's hat-trick last weekend, Liverpool were able to count on their other African arrow.

Sadio Mané was decisive on the ground of a Stamford Bridge still deserted, coronavirus obliges.

In added time of the first period, and while the score was still 0-0, the Senegalese went deep behind the back of Chelsea's defense.

Andreas Christensen then tackled him to the ground, outside the box.

The penalty fell for the defender: red card, and Chelsea reduced to 10 against 11 for the second half of the match.

In numerical superiority, the Reds have cracked their opponents.

A good collective movement brought the center of Roberto Firmino for the victorious header of Sadio Mané (50th).

In the process, the striker scored a second goal, combining pressing and a big mistake from Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Spanish goalkeeper saw his pass to a defender intercepted by Mané, who then pushed the ball into the net (54th).

Edouard Mendy a step from Chelsea, where Kepa accumulates blunders

According to the organization specializing in statistics Opta, Sadio Mané is the third player in Liverpool history to score two goals at Stamford Bridge, after Steve McManaman in 1995 and Philippe Coutinho in 2015. And since it is about Senegal, there could soon be a change of side for Chelsea.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, the most expensive goalkeeper in history (he cost the Blues 80 million euros in 2018, when they bought him from Athletic Bilbao), is always more criticized as he accumulates errors.

His place could be called into question, as the London club are about to recruit Senegalese international Edouard Mendy, from Rennes.

Rennes coach Julien Stéphan confirmed the likely departure of the goalkeeper, and formalization would be very close.

Edouard Mendy, 28, could have his chance if coach Frank Lampard were to leave Kepa for good.


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