Sadio Mane was the star of the show as Liverpool bounced back from their loss against Burnley during the weekend with a thumping 5-0 victory over Burton Albion in the 2nd round of the EFL Cup.

The weekend loss to Burnley was a bitter pill to swallow for Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side. However, the Reds bounced back in style with a commanding victory over Burton Albion to progress to the 3rd round of the EFL Cup. Despite their visit to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, the boss decided to name a strong line-up so as to ensure the Reds don’t make heavy weather of what was supposed to be an easy tie on paper.

Liverpool got off to a decent start and threatened the Burton goal numerous times before finally storming ahead through Divock Origi in the 15th minute. The move was conjured up by Sadio Mane, who returned to the side after missing out on the Reds’ trip to Turf Moor. The Senegalese forward instantly reminded the team and fans what they’d missed during their miserable defeat to Sean Dyche’s Burnley.

Just seven minutes later, Liverpool doubled their advantage through Roberto Firmino, who headed Nathaniel Clyne’s cross into the back of the net to ensure the Reds head into half-time with a comfortable lead. Mane was once again involved in the build-up to the goal, intercepting the goalkeeper’s throw in the first place before setting up Clyne.

The second half saw the Reds smash three goals past the Brewers to compound the misery on Nigel Clough’s side. The first of the three goals came off a corner when Tom Naylor, in a bid to clear the ball, headed it into his own goal. Sturridge then scored two well-taken goals to complete the rout for the Reds. Mane was once again integrally involved in the build-up to both the strikes. There was absolutely no doubt who the man of the match was.

Liverpool, however, did have injury worries after Emre Can and Origi left the pitch with knocks that left the supporters concerned.

Overall, it was a comfortable outing for Klopp’s men and the German will hope the Reds carry forward this momentum and intensity to White Hart Lane when they lock horns against last season’s title challengers in Tottenham.

Moreover, Liverpool fans will hope this is the beginning of yet another special cup run, and will pray that the team can go one step further and lift the season’s first piece of silverware.

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