Photo: Sadio Mane shows incredible bravery as he gets kicked in the face to score Liverpool winner vs Villa

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There’s been a lot of talk recently about Sadio Mane possibly going down too easily. It might be true, but it’s sometimes easy to think that about a player and think they might lack the bravery to put their bodies on the line.

Cliche fans will be delighted to use the “this is the mark of champions” line after Liverpool managed to pull out a late victory against Aston Villa yesterday.

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They had to overcome a tough opponent and the match officials, but Mane scored a late header to get his team the win. This picture shows just how brave he had to be to get that goal:

Liverpool fans will obviously be delighted that the ball ended up in the back of the net. That image does suggest it should’ve been a clear penalty otherwise, but does anyone think VAR would’ve acted to award it?

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