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3rd Jan, 2017 | 7:40am

Sadio Mane delivers apology on Twitter following Liverpool draw at Sunderland

By Emma Sanders

Sadio Mane issued an apology on Twitter following Liverpool’s disappointing 2-2 draw against Sunderland on Monday afternoon.

The Liverpool star, who minutes earlier scored what appeared to be the winning goal, gave away a penalty in the late stages of the second half and Sunderland equalised to ensure they left the Stadium of Light with a crucial point.

It was a damning result for Liverpool, who could potentially slip eight points off the top of the table on Wednesday if Chelsea defeat Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Mane, who will join up with the Senegal squad for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament for the rest of January, apologised to fans on Twitter for his handball offence which ultimately proved costly.

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The forward has been excellent since signing for the Reds in the summer and he scored his ninth league goal of the season at the Stadium of Light.

Liverpool took an early lead through Daniel Sturridge, who made only his 5th Premier League start of the season, but it was short-lived before Sunderland were awarded their first penalty.

Emre Can was penalised for handling the ball and Jermain Defoe duly dispatched from the spot kick before beating Simon Mignolet for a second time in the second half.

Liverpool are currently still second in the Premier League but Manchester City are just two points behind.

In other Liverpool news, fans react to a poll asking if only the Reds can stop Chelsea.