• Sadio Mane scored twice for Liverpool Sunday
  • By doing so, Mane joined a special Liverpool club
  • Liverpool have won both their opening 2020-21 Premier League games

Sadio Mane registered a special Liverpool record in The Reds' latest 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the Premier League Sunday.

After kickstarting their Premier League defense with a win over Leeds, earlier this month, Jurgen Klopp’s side maintained their winning start by edging Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Mane, who netted both the goals in the match, became just the third Liverpool player to score a brace in West London after Philippe Coutinho and Steve McManaman, as per soccer statistician Opta Joe. While Coutinho scored twice in an away match against Chelsea in October 2015, McManaman did that in 1995.

In the first half, Chelsea were reduced to 10-man after defender Andreas Christensen was slammed with a red card for doing a rugby-like tackle on Mane. After the teams took the half-time break at 0-0, Mane finally opened the scoring five minutes into the second half with a powerful header past Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Four minutes later, Mane netted his second. The second goal was a result of an error from The Blues goalkeeper, who has been under the radar for a while.

In Liverpool’s opening Premier League fixture this season, Mane failed to score after firing blanks in their 4-3 win over Leeds. For Liverpool, the goal-scorers were Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, who had netted a hat-trick.

In Sunday’s match against Chelsea, Liverpool gave a memorable debut to their newest signing Thiago Alcantara. The Reds signed the 29-year-old for $35 million this summer from Bayern Munich. Having won everything in Germany and Spain, Alcantara is easily one of the most accomplished signings in the Premier League.

Liverpool are the reigning Premier League champions
Liverpool are the reigning Premier League champions POOL / Laurence Griffiths

He came off the bench in the second half and made an impact almost immediately. It was Alcantara, who made a brilliant pass to Roberto Firmino, who then did a one-two with eventual scorer Mane. Alcantara’s Liverpool debut would be remembered for a long time, especially by The Blues, because the midfielder completed more passes (75) than any Chelsea player managed in the entire game. Thiago’s 75 successful passes were the most by a player who played a maximum of 45 minutes.