Sadio Mane sends poignant message to Liverpool fan with celebration against Crystal Palace

Sadio Mane was on the scoresheet during Liverpool’s 7-0 rout of Crystal Palace earlier today.

The Reds star grabbed the second goal with a neat turn and finish after being played in by Roberto Firmino.

And he used a celebration later in the match to send a poignant message to Liverpool fan Lee Swan.

Lee is a regular volunteer at the Florrie community centre and venue in Dingle.
The 31-year-old has been working tirelessly during the coronavirus pandemic to help organise and dispatch food parcels for residents across the city.

Last month, Lee received a surprise call from Mane after Florrie employee Tim Tierney had contacted the club to inform them of his pal’s dedicated efforts.
Lee was whisked off to Anfield to score a goal at the Kop end – and it was also revealed Liverpool sponsors Nivea had donated a new van to the Florrie.

On the call, ‘king of the Dingle’ Lee revealed that his granddad was also a massive Liverpool supporter.

Mane said to Lee: “You know me, I like to copy celebrations. If you have any celebrations show me now.”
Lee then showed Mane his own trademark celebration – kissing his finger and raising it to the sky in honour of his grandfather.

And this afternoon in London, that very same action was seen on the pitch just before the hour mark as Mane was substituted.

The Anfield Wrap tweeted images of Mane’s gesture along with stills from the video of Lee and said: “He did it.

“Just the absolute main fella. Best moment of the day.”

The Florrie said: “He did it! Sadio Mane goal celebration for ‘King of the Dingle’ Lee’s grandad.”

Kopites reacted in their hundreds and praised Mane for his tribute.

Scott Ephraim said: “A class act Sadio as usual.”

Saim Khan added: “Was thinking about this when Mane did his celebration. Just goes to show how much of a genuine guy he is.”

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