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Klopp tips hat to new Liverpool centurion Mane for ‘massive achievement’

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The winger has joined an exclusive Reds club by becoming their 18th player to reach the 100-goal landmark.

Sadio Mane earns manager Jurgen Klopp’s praise following his “massive achievement” of scoring a century of goals for Liverpool.

Mane converted from close-range to hand his side the lead just before half-time against Crystal Palace – a match Liverpool went on to win 3-0.

He made Premier League history by becoming the first player to score in each of his last nine games against a single opposition. In total, the former Southampton man has netted 13 times in 14 games against the Eagles, one of his favourite victims.

Also, and more importantly, the strike saw the Senegalese reach a significant milestone as he brought his tally up to 100 goals for the Reds in all competitions in what was his 224th appearance for the club.

“People obviously forget but around these 100 goals he worked incredibly hard, defended for us the wing, pressed high, counter-pressed, created goals, set up chances, all that kind of stuff,” Klopp told in his post-match press conference.

“So the 100 goals are just one number, there are so many other numbers which are similarly important, but I’m really happy for him that he could reach that today.

“Yeah, a massive achievement. In the glorious history of this club only 18 players – if that is right – scored 100 goals, that says a lot.

“Nowadays players are usually not that long in clubs so I am really happy that I could work now already for five years with Sad and he’s just a top player.”