Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has been in excellent form in recent weeks, being the Reds’ best player in what has been a sticky spell for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Heading into Liverpool’s game against Bournemouth at Anfield at the weekend, Mane had scored in three successive games in the Premier League, all of which were extremely decisive goals and helped directly win his team points.
First, the Senegalese international scored in stoppage time in the 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace, with that goal in turn being the winner after Max Meyer brought Palace back to within one goal two minutes later.
Next, Mane opened the scoring against Leicester City when Liverpool had the chance to go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table, but were ultimately held to a 1-1 draw following Harry Maguire’s equaliser.
The former Southampton forward scored once again in a 1-1 draw in Liverpool’s next outing, netting from a sharp swivel and shot at the London Stadium.
As such, Mane’s goals were responsible for Liverpool taking five points from those three games, while the team would’ve taken just one point from those matches had they not had his goals.
Chasing the record
He followed that three-match scoring streak by opening the scoring for a third straight game in the Premier League against Bournemouth, giving his team the lead with a header from a James Milner corner.
Mane now has 12 Premier League goals for the season, leaving him just one goal shy of his best ever return for a league campaign in England with 12 matches still left to play.
That also means that Mane has the chance to catch Jamie Vardy’s historic record of scoring in 11 straight Premier League matches, albeit he still has some way to go until he can think about it. The 26-year-old has to score in another seven Premier League games to equal the record and eight to break it.
Liverpool’s next seven Premier League matches see them face Manchester United (A), Watford (H), Everton (A), Burnley (H), Fulham (A), Tottenham (H) and Southampton (A). If he were to remarkably score in all of those fixtures, he could have the chance to break the record against Chelsea at home.
Can he do it?
Punters who fancy Mane to do so can get a huge price of 500/1 with SkyBet for him to do so.
Those odds appear to be fair given the fact that this is the first time that Mane has scored in four consecutive games in the Premier League, while he is yet to score more than 13 games in an entire season.
Liverpool’s no.10 has scored six goals in his last 10 appearances in the Premier League for Liverpool, with his strike against Manchester United back in December ending a nine-game drought for him in all competitions.
The fact there are also some huge games in that fixture will make it even more difficult for Mane to do so, with Liverpool facing Man United, Spurs and Chelsea over their next eight Premier League matches, while also having Bayern Munich twice sandwiched in between.
Vardy’s scoring streak included him netting a brace against Arsenal in a 5-2 defeat, before then breaking the record against Man United at the King Power Stadium.
Mane is still a long way away from even being considered as a candidate to equal or break the record, but 500/1 could be tempting enough for plenty of punters to put some cash on it.