For the Senegalese star, it represented a devastating comeback to form after six league games without a goal - and with the pair seen to have had a heated discussion following the draw with Chelsea at the weekend, it could not have been better timed.
The 'challenge' itself was bad enough.
The forward netted in the 3-0 win over Stoke last night, however after his blistering start to the season, he has struggled to stay fit in recent weeks.
On the other hand, Mane's goal ended his five-game goal drought, bringing his tally to four goals in nine games. It was a pretty straightforward decision in my view and it wasn't made.
"He has to work like all the others, but everybody who is with England looked tonight and thought, 'oh, that looks good'".
Klopp declared himself pleased with the options he has available to him ahead of a hectic festive period - with eight fixtures awaiting in December alone. That's a story for the newspaper or social media, I'm not a little bit interested in that.
"But he played already at the highest level [for Roma] just in another country, maybe it's a surprise for English people that if you're good in one league you can be good in another".
Getty Klopp's men remain two points outside the top four
'Two games we have done that, at home to Chelsea when we were unlucky not to win, and at Stoke, where we got a victory again.
Stoke then received a reprieve of their own on the stroke of half-time, Mane hitting the base of the left upright after being sent through one-on-one by Solanke's pass.
"I was very happy that he could do it like he did it. All good".
"The least we should have had was a clear run on goal".
Needless to say that sent Mark Hughes into meltdown on the touchline as his side fell to a 3-0 defeat thanks to a late brace from sub Mo Salah.
The win at Stoke began with an opportunist strike from Mane, then his wonderful turn and cross created Salah's first goal.
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'Luckily so far we have been okay with injuries as well but players have to be ready when the boss needs them'. "No doubt about it. He's very fortunate".