Mane delivered with a lovely touch to control Jordan Henderson’s ball over the top and strike at the near post in the 78th minute. It was a fine way for Mane to mark his first Liverpool action since hobbling out of a 2-1 win at Wolverhampton on Jan. 23.
“It was not easy,” Mane told Sky Sports television. “Everyone wants to play all the time. I worked hard and I came back. We are happy with today.”
The runaway leaders inched closer to a first title since 1990 by grinding out a nervy win, amid howling winds and driving rain.
“We knew it would be difficult coming here even though they are bottom of the league,” Henderson said. “Overall I thought it was a good performance.”
Manchester City, the second-place defending champions, plays West Ham on Wednesday.
It’s three wins out of four in the league for Burnley after prevailing 2-1 at Southampton.
Ashley Westwood netted inside two minutes for the visitors and former Burnley striker Danny Ings leveled in the 18th. Substitute Matej Vydra produced the winner on the hour mark at a rain-soaked St Mary’s.