Liverpool's Sadio Mane has defended his performance against Crystal Palace

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Everybody is happy to have Mo in the team.

Liverpool's Egypt global has 37 goals this term and is leading the race for the Premier League's Golden Boot with 29 to emerge as a credible rival to City's Belgium playmaker for the award. Only Liverpool's great's, Ian Rush and Roger Hunt, now stand in the way of Salah as players who have scored the most goals in a single season for Liverpool.

Among Salah's other achievements are: BBC African Player of the Year title in 2017, Best African Player in February (2018) title by France Football, Top Scorer in Europe's top five leagues (2018) and becoming the fourth African player to score more than 20 goals in one season of the English Premier League (EPL).

But neither the booking nor the goal were the major talking point surrounding Mane after the game, but rather whether he should have received a second yellow for an incident in the second half. We want to give him more assists. "We're going to do our best".

Manchester City superstar Kevin De Bruyne believes he would be a worthy victor of this season's Player of Year award on the basis of his incredible consistency, but that comparisons between himself and the other leading contender Mohamed Salah are "impossible" to make.

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The 25-year-old left Crystal Palace fans furious, as the home side were convinced that the midfielder should have been dismissed after deliberately handling the ball following a challenge from the Eagles' Andros Townsend.

'He didn't give it but I was not focused on that because it's part of what can happen.

The former Chelsea man said, as quoted by the Telegraph: "Well, if I get it, it would be nice I think for the team and for me".

"I was not anxious (about the handball)".

"We got our reward in the end and we deserved to win". The fixture could prove to be decisive in the race for top four. "We are going to take it game by game".

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