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Mane hoping to match Sheringham record

5 Aug 2019
Sadio Mane, Liverpool

Liverpool winger aiming to prove fitness for Norwich City opener when he can make history

In the first match of the season Sadio Mane will hope he gets the opportunity to achieve something not seen for 24 years in the Premier League.

Mane has history of hitting the ground running at the start a campaign and has scored four goals across his three opening-weekend matches for Liverpool, against Arsenal, Watford and, last year, West Ham United.

It means he heads into the 2019/20 curtain-raiser against Norwich City with the chance to match a feat only previously managed by Teddy Sheringham.

Sheringham is the only player in Premier League history to score a Matchweek 1 goal in four consecutive campaigns, having done so for Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur from the inaugural 1992/93 season through to 1995/96.

But in order to have a shot at the record, Mane must first convince his manager of his fitness.

Mane only returned to training on Monday following the Africa Cup of Nations, although Jurgen Klopp has hinted that his Senegalese winger will be ready to go in time for Friday's match at Anfield. 

"Sadio had 16 days off," Klopp told Liverpool's official website. "He will be in a good shape. He doesn't drink, he doesn't eat too much.

"He had a training programme, maybe after 10 days probably he started with a little bit of running, so I think he will be fine. But we have to see."

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