Everton vs Liverpool: Sadio Mane's honest mistake before taking a knee for BLM

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Liverpool vs Everton is one of the biggest fixtures of the Premier League's comeback.

The game marked the long-awaited return of Jurgen Klopp's league leaders who had been pondering the possibility of the 2019/20 season being rendered null and void in lockdown.

So, although Manchester City's win over Arsenal ended any hopes of wrapping up the title at Goodison Park, it's fair to say Kopites were merely thankful to be competing for the trophy again.

The Reds emerged from their makeshift dressing room in the Everton car park to a brilliant rainbow over the stadium, before a moment of silence in memory of those killed by the COVID-19 crisis.

Then, the two Merseyside teams took a knee before kick-off in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in light of the tragic murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minnesota.

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The routine was initiated by Aston Villa and Sheffield United during the first game of the league's return this week and it's been brilliant to see players raising awareness for such an important movement.

However, poor Sadio Mane didn't remember the exact details of the pre-match show of unity by forgetting to take a knee when the referee's whistle sounded.

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Mane's honest mistake

Instead, Mane thought the game was starting and proceeded to sprint down the left wing to create space, only to realise his error and walk back into his own half.

The Senegal international then joined his teammates, rivals and officials in honouring the gesture by taking a knee. We won't tell if you don't, Sadio!

You can check out the unscripted moment down below:

Of course, it was by no means a show of disrespect from Mane in the slightest, just an honest mistake, albeit one that has a brought a smile to the faces of football fans on social media.

His teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold has also made a beautiful gesture by wearing boots with 'Black Lives Matter' written across them that will be auctioned off to raise proceeds to fight prejudice.

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Player names on shirts, too, have been replaced by 'Black Lives Matter' for the first game-week back across all 20 clubs.

Long may awareness of the movement and everything it stands for continue.

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