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Liverpool fans are making the same point about Sadio Mane's goal v Burnley

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Sadio Mane's stunning goal was the highlight as the Liverpool began 2018 with a 2-1 win over Burnley.

The Senegalese forward scored a beauty with his left foot on the hour mark to give Jurgen Klopp's side all three points.

It appeared for all the world that Burnley were going to snatch a point when Johann Gudmundsson scored in the 87th minute but up stepped Ragnar Klavan of all players to grab the winner at the death.

The busy festive period - this was Liverpool’s fourth fixture in 11 days, with an FA Cup tie against Everton on Friday to come - forced Klopp into making changes, with Dominic Solanke, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana among the starters.

"I don't know how many changes we will make but for sure it will be more than one," Klopp said on Sunday, per Sky Sports.

"Everybody is asking about this [selection], and how we will run into each other two days after we played already. It's not the best but it's okay and we will be ready, because we have to be.

"That's how it is after a game; I go immediately into the press and then, afterwards, the medical department tells me who is available for the next training session.”

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Mane's moment of magic made it 1-0

Klopp was unable to call upon his two best players this season, with Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho missing through groin and thigh injuries respectively.

It was thought that their absences could be noticeable against a Burnley side that has surpassed expectations this year.

Sean Dyche's side entered 2018 seventh in the Premier League table and Klopp won't have forgotten the manner in which his side were frustrated by the Clarets in a 0-0 draw back in September.

And so it proved, with Liverpool needing a moment of magic to break the deadlock.

Watch: Mane's superb goal

Mane has been overshadowed by Salah this season but he reminded everyone of his quality with a remarkable effort in the 61st minute.

Mane controlled Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross before swivelling and firing the ball past Nick Pope from 18 yards out.

Liverpool fans went crazy on social media, with some admitting it reminded them of something Didier Drogba would produce.

A special goal in what turned out to be a dramatic game.

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