|Desc||Despite signing speedster Mohamed Salah in the summer, it’s still no surprise that Mane leads Liverpool for pace so far this season. It’s the trait that makes him one of the most exciting forwards in the Premier League. Last season Tottenham full-back Danny Rose admitted the Senegal striker was frightening and gave him his hardest game in years|
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2017 11 18 Retrieve
[Having helped Senegal qualify for the World Cup, Sadio Mane speaks with Goal about his journey to the top] When I was young, I would tell everyone that I am going to be a big player for a big club and they would laugh at me. It wasn’t because they didn’t think I was talented, but it seemed impossible to go from Sedhiou to the top. But I always knew I had it in me and that whatever it took, I was going to make it happen
2018 03 17 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane believes the Reds have what it takes to win this season’s UEFA Champions League title] We are all aware that if you want to become a champion, you must be champions. We’ve got the quality to beat every team in the world. And we’ll try exactly that. Why should Liverpool not be on top in 2018? We want to win the Champions League. I am convinced we can do it for the first time since 2005
2018 05 26 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane speaks about sending 300 Liverpool shirts to his hometown in Senegal ahead of the UEFA Champions League final] Nobody in the village will work this day. My family still live in the village. My mum and my uncle. They are all going to be watching. There are 2,000 in the village. I bought 300 Liverpool jerseys to send to the people in the village so the fans can wear them to watch the final. I will be going back in the summer after the World Cup and hopefully I will be showing everyone a winner’s medal
2018 07 07 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane has acknowledged interest in his services from Real Madrid while maintaining he has had no contact with the club about a prospective transfer from Liverpool] Real Madrid are a great team, but I am focused on my team, Liverpool.
: 2019 05 12 Mohamed Salah will have to share Golden Boot Award, with team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulling level on the final day of the season
2019 05 26 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane has admitted that not even Jurgen Klopp thought the club’s incredible comeback to beat Barcelona and reach the Champions League final was possible] Before the game [against Barca], I had never seen the boss like that. Klopp encouraged us but, honestly, not even he believed it. He is exceptional, he makes you want to fight for him and give everything for him.
[Having missed out on the Premier League title by one point behind Manchester City, Liverpool are now preparing for an all-English final in the Champions League against Tottenham on June 1] The final is a one-off game, it will be different from the league, you cannot hide, I think we are favourites
2019 05 29 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane says Liverpool are ready to right the wrongs of last year and bring the Champions League trophy back to Merseyside] Everybody’s ready. Especially you guys [the media]! I hope you are Liverpool fans! Everybody’s ready to win. Yeah, of course [last season’s experience] will help with this one because we wanted to win it and it was not the case. That’s part of football. At the same time I think it’s positive because many people, even you, didn’t expect us to play this final. We did it [and] I think we learned a lot from this. Now we can use our experience this season to get what we want.
[He smiled when asked by one Spanish reporter about persistent rumours linking him with Real Madrid] Always this is part of football so we have to deal with it. But for me the most important thing is Liverpool and I’m happy here. I’m preparing for one of the biggest games for the club and the fans and the players as well so let’s focus on this one first and win it. It’s always a pleasure that this kind of team wants you but don’t forget Liverpool. They are a big team as well. They beat big teams!
[It has been three weeks since either side played a competitive game] It refreshed everyone. We would have loved to have kept going straight but that is not the case and we understand how this goes in football with different competitions. But we know how to deal with this kind of situation now. We had a few weeks to prepare the game and we are fresh again and go there with fresh legs. I think it’s just incredible and I’m so positive. We know we have targets - we want to win the league and the Champions League. We didn’t win the league but we still have one trophy to play for so we are going to try to give everything to win it. Hopefully we are going to win it
2019 05 30 Retrieve
[When former Reds striker Robbie Fowler revealed he wanted Sadio Mane to stay at Liverpool for a long time] I hope as well. There’s no place like it.
[When asked about Liverpool’s dramatic Champions League semi-final second leg victory against Barcelona] Yes, incredible. So incredible. I think after these kind of things, you won’t go anywhere else, because we are the best club and the best fans, so I think this is something incredible. This is what makes Liverpool so special, because since I came here it is like, wow.
[Mane also revealed his shock in a first call from Jurgen Klopp] The first time the boss called me, I said: ‘Oh!’ Because before, I have one brother in Senegal, he was saying even when I was still at Salzburg, ‘I want to see you at Liverpool’. I still remember, he was always saying: ‘You don’t know about Liverpool, it is a sexy club!’ He was telling me all the time, ‘in Europe, it is the only club, the sexy club…’. He used to tell me that, and now, he’s telling me, ‘I told you, I told you’. And I never believed that I could play for Liverpool, and even now, I can’t believe it
2019 05 31 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane has come a long way since joining Liverpool three years ago] I was really, really close because I even met up with them. So I was coming, I was there and I spoke with the boss who was there before (Louis van Gaal). They made an offer, but in the same week, [Jurgen] Klopp called me. He said: ‘I think it’s the right club. The right coach for you, and I think it’s better that you go to Liverpool’. For me I think it was the right time as well. I said, ‘I am going to Liverpool.
At that time, leaving Southampton, I saw many clubs, but I thought Liverpool was the right club for me. I played against Liverpool, I played against City, United, every team and I scored a lot against Liverpool when I was at Southampton, but still I thought this club is my club! The boss (Klopp) was at Liverpool and yet I always scored against them. I think he thought: ‘He’s always killing us, so let’s buy him!’ Yeah, just to stop me scoring against Liverpool - so it was good for us both!
[It had been suggested that there was a growing conflict between the two players but Mane laughed off these suggestions] This kind of thing, it happens in football. It doesn’t matter if I score or not as long as the team scores. Some people want to say it’s a rivalry, but I think that’s what makes football so exciting - a rivalry. But it really doesn’t matter to me. Honest!
2019 06 02 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane hinted at a Liverpool stay as he vowed to deliver more trophies for the club after winning the Champions League] We have more things to come. We will do everything to win [more] trophies with this squad.
We are very proud and very happy to win this trophy. The dream has come true. I could not have anything better
[The Senegal international believes Brazil shot-stopper Alisson deserves to be recognised as the world’s best] I can’t describe how good Alisson was - I saw him make incredible saves for us. We are very happy to have him in our squad. He makes us even better. For me he is the best in the world
2019 06 02b Retrieve
[Sadio Mane has called on Liverpool to win the Premier League and Champions League in 2019-20 following the club’s European victory against Tottenham on Saturday] I think it’s the start of something special, like everybody mentioned, because last year we were close and this season we won it. So, next year [we go] for the league and Champions League. We know it will not be easy but we are Liverpool, we are strong, we will do everything and we still have a young team. We will keep learning and working hard to get more trophies.
[Asked if the win felt extra rewarding after last year’s final defeat] I think so. I think last year was not easy. It was really, really hard but that’s football. That makes people love football. We have learned a lot this year, so we’re just really happy. The lessons we learned came in many ways, in many things. We’ve got more experience and at the same time we’re used to playing this type of game. It made it easier today
[Jordan Henderson was seen crying and hugging his dad] To be honest I think the dream became true. I don’t even know how happy I am, I could not believe until now. I think I’m still dreaming! But at the end of the day I won, so very happy, very proud. I don’t have the words to describe how happy I am. Of course, it’s one of the best [nights of my life]. It was not easy, it was a long way, but at the end of the day we did it together so really happy and really proud
2019 06 17 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane targets improvement to 26-goal haul in exciting future for ‘special’ Liverpool] To be honest, I think I improved a lot in my finishing. It was positive because I can say I improved every season, which is important in my development. I will try to work harder and harder to get better and better. We have a great, great team. The future can be exciting, for sure. We’ll try to do everything to create something special
[Mane admits that a loyal fan base have also helped to inspire confidence and lift Klopp’s side to even greater heights] They played a big part in the season. [There were] very difficult games at home and they were always here. Keep on going because we need you! It’s very important. It makes the club special and it’s really important. Sometimes it can be a bad day and if the fans give you more motivation, it’s positive for the team and for them as well
2019 06 17b Retrieve
[Sadio Mane has teamed up with New Balance for a new a brand new boot] I’m so proud to have a boot that celebrates my connection to my homeland. New Balance’s design team have done a fantastic job of creating a design that represents my football journey and my Senegalese heritage
2019 06 25 Retrieve
[Liverpool forward Sadio Mane claims he would happily trade his Champions League winners’ medal for Africa Cup of Nations glory with Senegal] It is up to us to achieve something great. Of course we are one of the favourites, we cannot hide from that. But this standing is not enough to go all the way. Winning with my country, which has never won the Africa Cup of Nations, that would be magnificent. I am even ready to swap a Champions League to win an Africa Cup of Nations. The return to Dakar would be extraordinary. This is my biggest and most crazy dream.
[Reflecting on his career path, which started with a trial back in Dakar when he was a young hopeful] There were 200 or 300 youngsters who were waiting in line for their chance. It started badly for me because when I presented myself, I was laughed at. I did not look like a footballer. I was wearing pants that looked nothing like football shorts. And my football boots were completely shredded on the sides and had been repaired by me with wire the best I could. Those who oversaw the trials would look at me with a bizarre facial expression: ‘You really want to become a footballer?’. I understood them but I did not have a choice. As I was not that bad, they took me. That was the beginning of my adventure
: 2019 07 22 Sadio Mane will miss Liverpool’s Community Shield match against Manchester City as Jurgen Klopp confirmed he is to return from vacation on August 5
: 2019 07 31 Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk are among the 10 players nominated for FIFA’s The Best Men’s Player award. The shortlist, which takes into accounts achievements from July 16, 2018 to July 19, 2019, was compiled by a panel of experts and also comprises of former Ajax duo Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, Liverpool double act Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, Tottenham striker Harry Kane, Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard and PSG ace Kylian Mbappe
: 2019 08 08 Sadio Mane has named in the 11-man final shortlist to win UEFA’s annual individual awards in his respective positions
2019 08 13 Retrieve
[Liverpool forward Sadio Mane insists he will be ready to start Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Chelsea] I think I am ready. Tiredness I think is here [pointing to his head]. For sure I have been playing for a long time. I don’t think I’ve had a holiday of more than 20 days in seven years. I’m used to it. For sure, I’m ready. I’m here. Let’s do it!
2019 08 15 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane feels he is just a lucky boy and that Roberto Firmino deserves the credit for Liverpool’s UEFA Super Cup triumph, although it was the Senegal star who struck twice] To be honest, I think I was just a lucky boy. I think all the credit should go to my team-mates, especially Bobby [Firmino] - he could have scored but he preferred to give it to me. I think this is how we play at Liverpool. We play for each other and we always enjoy playing for each other and to give each other passes. I think that makes us strong
2019 08 17 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane has said sorry for helping to lead Liverpool past Southampton] I’m sorry it is against my old team and sorry I have to score but I’m wearing a Liverpool shirt now. Southampton was a very good step for me, I have big respect for this club. It is an amazing place. I learned a lot here and they are very nice people. But it is part of football and you have to deal with it
[Roberto Firmino added to Mane’s effort to put Liverpool in control against the Saints] What a game, it was not an easy game but you have to expect a tough game like this at this stage of the season. After playing 120 minutes on Wednesday [in the UEFA Super Cup] it was not easy and we know it would be difficult. It was not easy and it took us a little bit of time to get going. But we got the three points and I think we deserved it. Once we scored the first goal it was easier for us
[Southampton pushed hard for a leveller in the final seven minutes] I was nervous because it wasn’t over. We had another 10 minutes to go. It was tough for us and of course we expect that here. it can happen, it is part of football
2019 08 23 Retrieve
[Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane has revealed he told Andrew Robertson that Watford’s summer signing Ismaila Sarr would kill him with his pace and dribbling ability] The first day he signed I sent him a message to say good luck and that I was happy for him. He’s rapid. I think defenders will struggle. Last time I was speaking to Robbo (Andy Robertson) I said ‘Watford have a really good player. I will need to help you more otherwise Ismaila Sarr will kill you, because he is a good dribbler and very, very fast’. I’m really happy for him and he made the right choice to come to Watford. For sure I think he will be great
[When asked how he feels seeing a Senegal teammate wearing a Watford shirt] Wow, a bit jealous, because I won’t see him in Liverpool
[Mane has urged Watford fans to embrace their new arrival with open arms] I feel I need to protect him at the beginning because even though he is a really good player it is not easy in the Premier League, because I had that sort of problem. If there are problems to start off with then people need to take care of him, go easy on him and especially the fans need to support him and give him confidence for a great future
2019 09 10 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane has reiterated his full commitment to the Liverpool cause, saying ‘I really struggle to describe how happy I am to be here’] To be honest, I’m really happy to be a part of the club, the family here. We have the best fans in the world here, so I’m always so thankful for the support. It’s not just great for me too - it gives the whole squad more motivation to perform. It keeps us hungry to get better and better together … I really struggle to describe how happy I am to be here!
It was a special moment for me, and for my team-mates. When I was younger, I grew up watching Champions League - especially the finals. So it was always a dream to play in the final. After scoring in it the season before but losing, going on to win it is an incredible feeling. I could not believe it! When we came back to Liverpool with the trophy, it was just incredible to discover how much it meant to the people here. The mood of the city was just crazy! Winning it and seeing how much it meant has given us all more motivation this season to perform, and win more trophies for this club
It’s very early to say of course, but our target, as everyone knows, is to win the league this season. We’re targeting the Champions League as well. From a young age, it’s been my dream to win these kind of trophies. I’m in a good stage of my career for sure, and I feel the whole squad is thinking the exact same right now. I’m trying to keep up my consistency now, and just work hard to keep up the high levels expected of us
2019 09 16 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane insists his public falling out with Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah has been forgotten, with the pair now reconciled and good friends once more] With Salah? It’s forgotten. These are things that happen in football. Sometimes you have to say things face to face. Sometimes it happens that I am not given the pass. But we have reconciled and become the good friends we were before
2019 10 01 Retrieve
[Liverpool star Sadio Mane has admitted that he felt frustration towards Mohamed Salah following an incident that led to the pair having an on-field tiff, but he is insistent that the spat is behind them] I felt frustration because it’s football, you want to score more goals. You see Man City score six, seven, eight and we know we can do that. For the team I think it was really important to score as many goals as we can, but he didn’t see me and that can happen. I was a bit frustrated but we are really, really good friends
Yesterday I said to Gini Wijnaldum: ‘Ask Mo, why does Sadio want to beat you?’. But you know it is all forgotten, it’s behind us
[With seven wins from seven in the Premier League, the European champions have made an electric start to the season] I think we are better this season than last season, for sure. We are working hard every single day to get better and get better. We are more mature than last season for sure because a few more months have gone by
[On Wednesday, he and his team-mates will face their next challenge against Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League] It’s special. I played there for two-and-a-half years. I am sure they will be ready for me and I will be ready for them as well. I will be really happy to meet my ex-team-mates. At the same time, I would love to win against them
2019 10 02 Retrieve
[Mane was removed from the Salzburg squad for a Champions League qualifier against Malmo, having arrived late for a team meeting. That led to boos when Mane played for Southampton in a pre-season friendly in Salzburg in 2015, but the man himself harbours no ill-feeling] I love the club and the city. I met great people there in a great club. As a human being I learned a lot
[Mesloub and his family will be guests of Mane on Wednesday evening] Of course it’s a special game for me. I was playing there for two-and-a-half years and now I’m going to play against them. They will be ready for me and I will be ready for them as well. I will be really happy to meet my ex-team-mates. But at the same time, I would love to win against them!
2019 10 03 Retrieve
[Liverpool’s dramatic 4-3 win over Salzburg in the Champions League has seen them record their best home form in over three decades. Sadio Mane spent two years at Salzburg before moving to Southampton in 2014 and always knew Jesse Marsch’s side wouldn’t make it easy for the Reds] Salzburg are a really good team and after we went 3-0 up it was a tough game to try and push - but we deserved the win. To be honest, I knew how good Salzburg were as I was there for two and a half years. They never give up and push and they caused us problems, but finally we scored more goals
2019 10 04 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane admits Liverpool will need to improve if they are to keep Leicester City and Jamie Vardy quiet this weekend] I think if we want to win we have to play better than [against Salzburg] because we know Leicester. Especially this season they are very strong and a very good team. For sure we are going to learn from it and be ready for Saturday, which will be a massive game for us. I think they started the season very well and are a very good team and if we want to beat them we have to be 100 per cent ready. Vardy always scores so we have to make sure this game he will not score and we try to take all our chances - that will be the key
[His form is all the more impressive given his workload over the last 12 months] I try to rest as much as I can because I know it was a really busy summer for me and many games are coming. Especially when you are always playing. You have to eat well and sleep as much as you can and that is what I try to do - and [I have] a lot of treatment as well!
2019 10 06 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane says Liverpool deserved to beat Leicester in Saturday’s Premier League victory] At the end of the day, the most important thing is the three points, it doesn’t matter how tired we are. I think it would have been so important for us to keep managing the game, but sometimes it’s not easy because Leicester is a very, very good team and caused us many problems. They equalised the game and that’s why in football you never give up, that’s what we try to do as a team. To be honest, we just have to say we deserved to win this game
[The Reds moved 10 points clear of their opponents] To be honest, I think it was a really, really tough game. We knew that before and expected it. We played the Champions League [on Wednesday] and now we carry on with this intense game. But it’s normal, it’s the Premier League and we have to expect it all the time
2019 10 17 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane reveals Liverpool players ‘took the pss’ over Mohamed Salah spat]</b> Everyone was taking the pss out of us. Georginio Wijnaldum, who likes to tease people, waited until everyone was there, came up to me and asked out loud, ‘Mo Salah, why did Mane want to hit you?’ and the whole team started laughing
It was a misunderstanding. I just wanted to help the team. You look at teams like Manchester City, they sometimes score five or six. If there’s a possibility to kill off the game as quickly as possible all the while trying to score many goals, I think that’s important, and so I was a bit frustrated. We just talked, and everything was like before. We talked between ourselves, and then the manager called me into his office and we spoke. I told him it was already sorted and he was pleasantly surprised
[Mane went on to reveal what was discussed when he confronted Salah] He told me, ‘But Sadio, why are you angry?’ I told him, ‘You needed to give me the ball, Mo’, to which he replied, ‘I didn’t see you. You know I’ve got nothing against you’. I knew that, but his reaction was a bit strange to me. We’re always side by side. He’s 10 and I’m 11 . We text each other sometimes. We even talk on the phone, but we don’t have a problem
2019 10 20 Retrieve
[Mane: Messi voting me The Best shows how far I’ve come] It’s a great compliment when Messi votes for you. If you look at where I’ve come from, it shows I’ve come quite far. Without being for a long time at an academy, I got here. All I can say [to kids] is to keep working hard and go for your dream
[And on whether or not he would return the favour for Messi if given the chance] Yes, for sure…after Virgil Van Dijk. No, Virgil is a great, great player but sorry Virgil, it has to be Messi before you
[He says the decision to join the Reds was the best of his career] He was talking too much and I said, ‘Wow, this is going to be tough for me because I’m a little bit quiet’. Klopp is a really nice guy. Everybody loves him and that is more important, to be honest [than all the talking]. He is a bit of a funny guy but at the same time he is a serious guy
2019 10 27 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane wants to remain at Liverpool for the rest of his career] I am very happy to be part of this great club and I enjoy it. Hopefully I stay here forever
It’s easy to work with Roberto Firmino and Salah. Personally, I feel lucky to get to play with them. They are really good players and make everything easier. Mo is fun sometimes. He is a cool and nice guy. Bobby is very shy. He is the most shy football player I have ever met, but very nice
I’ve been to some clubs around the world, but Liverpool is unique. It’s like a family. The mood is always incredible. But it’s normal that we’ve been together for four years and know each other. We are also together off the field and that is important for morale
2019 10 27b Retrieve
[Describing his emotions at 1-0 down against Spurs] I was thinking, ‘We’re going to come back.’ We try to push each other as a team, create chances and in the end we scored two goals and deserved to win tonight. To be honest I thought it was a clear penalty. I knew he [Aurier] was going to go for the ball so I tried to put my legs in between, so unlucky for him, lucky for me. Every win is a big moment and it’s big for us because of what we need and what we’re looking for. I know it’s early to speak about but what’s wrong? We want to win it.
2019 10 27c Retrieve
[Sadio Mane hopes to stay at Liverpool forever] I am very happy to be a part of this great club and I enjoy it. Hopefully I’ll stay here forever. I’ve been to a few clubs around the world, but Liverpool is unique. It’s like a family. The mood is always incredible. But that’s normal, we’ve been together for four years and know each other. We are also together off the pitch and that is important for morale
Working with them is easy. Personally, I feel lucky to get to play with them. They are really good players and make everything easier. Mo [Mohammad Salah] is fun sometimes. He is a cool and nice guy. Bobby [Roberto Firmino] is very shy. He is the most shy football player I have ever met, but very nice
2019 11 03 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane admits he is still way behind the monsters that are Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo] These players [Messi and Ronaldo] are monsters. I think that I am still far away from them. As I have said, I am going to do everything I can to come a little closer to them
Honestly, as I’ve said, it has always been a childhood dream of mine. The fact that I am listed as one of the nominees is due to the fruits of the work that I’ve been putting in for a long time. This is more of a dream than an obsession, I am at the service of the collective first and foremost. And if I am able to distinguish myself amongst this collective then of course, the Ballon d’Or, has always been my dream. And when a dream comes true, it is always exceptional.
All of the Senegalese people, my friends, my family, would be so happy, I would be so happy. I think as I have said it has always been a supplementary source of motivation for me. Eto’o, Drogba, they are legends in Africa and to hear what they are saying about me, it is always nice
[After another stunning start to the season, Mane is confident that he can continue to thrive for the Reds] I think that I am modest enough. I still want to be at the top. I think I have a certain way of seeing things, living, that makes everyone around me proud. I think yes, I feel good like this, and others feel good like that
2019 11 05 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane admits to having had disagreements with Mohamed Salah at Liverpool, but says an exceptional team-mate remains a great pleasure to play beside] He’s a crazy goalscorer and an exceptional player who can do everything. We have sometimes had our disagreements, but it remains a great pleasure to play beside him because I have the feeling we speak the same type of football
He’s more than a friend for me, he’s a brother. It hasn’t been easy for him lately because he was injured for a long time, but I know he’ll come back to his best, because he’s working hard to do so. He just needs to improve his English to be understood more by everyone, but to be able to count on a true friend in the group, that’s priceless. It’s even calming at times
[Having formed close bonds with those he shares the field with, Mane admits to also embracing the methods of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp - with the German’s man-management skills considered to be among the best in the business] His secret, I think, is to be the team’s dad. Between us, everything clicked straight away. We all love him like a father and we fear him like one too. He takes up a lot of space in my life, and not just in football. He’s great as a person. I trust him blindly, like most of the dressing room, I think
2019 11 06 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane has hit back at Pep Guardiola’s diving accusations. Asked whether the fact Guardiola chose to speak out publicly, more than a week ahead of such an important fixture, showed the City boss was worried] Maybe. I don’t know. You guys know more than me. The only thing I can say for sure is I will be ready for the team, to give everything possible, and to help my team. If it could be a penalty for sure I will ‘dive’ again. If the dive will give me a penalty then I will do it to get it back! Why not? But what Jurgen said is correct. I do not dive
[Addressing the yellow card for simulation at Villa] There was contact for sure. Maybe it was not a penalty and he didn’t give it, and he gave me a yellow card. To be honest I don’t have any problem about it. For sure it can happen in football and we have seen many people, some diving and get penalties, some got a penalty and the referee didn’t give it. That’s football. You have to deal with it. [I will play] like I’m always doing. It’s what I want to keep doing. If I get a penalty, yeah it’s a penalty. If no penalty, no penalty, but [it will] never be anything wrong or change the way I’m playing, or the way I’m doing my things
[Victory for Liverpool would take them nine points clear at the top of the table, while a win for City would fire Guardiola’s team right back into the title race] It’s a big game. Everybody knows and everybody’s excited. I think this is the kind of game which is always exciting and we’re looking forward to it. It will be really, really important for us to get a positive result and we will be ready, spot on from the first second until the last. We will give everything possible to win. I think I can say we play every kind of game this last two years so I don’t think the game will make us nervous. But for sure it’s an extra motivation for us to play against them, especially at home, and to do everything possible to win the game
[Asked to discuss Man City’s threat specifically] To be honest I don’t like to talk about City but I love to talk about Liverpool and what we’re going to do against them! It will be very different [to last season] because we learned a lot from our last games against City. We have been better this season and won more matches so I just can’t wait to play this game. We are going to play like always but give more to get a positive result, and we’re looking forward to it to be honest
2019 11 16 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane feels ‘lucky’ to play with Salah & Firmino as fearsome trio lead Liverpool’s title bid] I always say it is very easy to work together. Personally, I just think myself very lucky to play alongside these great players. Every single player who plays alongside them would enjoy it because they are very good players and they make everything easy, so I just enjoy playing alongside them. We are all from different countries and speak different first languages but I think football is one language and it is universal so everybody can speak it. It is the same with Mo, Bobby and myself
[The German tactician is considered to be one of the very best in the business] I would struggle to describe just how good and how successful he has been for Liverpool. Everybody can see what he has done for this club, for this city and the quality he has as a manager. [He] always has the right words and the right things to manage his team, especially knowing how to deal with his team. I would always trust his influence on the team. He is a winner
2019 11 21 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane is full of praise for the job Jurgen Klopp has done at Liverpool] I would struggle to describe just how successful he has been for Liverpool. Everybody can see what he has done for this club, for this city and the quality he has as a manager. There are a lot of good managers in Europe but what I can say is that our manager always has the right words and the right things to manage his team, especially knowing how to deal with his team. I would always trust his influence on the team. He is a winner and I would say he is the best in the world
2019 11 28 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane has shrugged off concerns over Liverpool’s upcoming fixture list] I think it is here. Honestly, I think it is all in the head. The tiredness is in the head, so as long as the body recovers well I think it is not difficult for us to play every single game. If the team needs us, and the coach needs us, I think we will be able to play and help the team. When they need me I will be ready for the team to give everything. The coach has to decide who will play, but I am here to work every single day, and to be ready to go again every single day
[Can they handle it?] Yeah sure, we are Liverpool! We have a big squad, we have many players who can play and so much quality. It’s part of football - we have to deal with it, play these games if we want to be successful. Without the games you can not win the trophies. We have to be focussed on it as hard as we can and try to recover as well as possible from each game. Yeah, it will be tough, we know - we know Salzburg will be a tough game now, but yeah, we are ready
[Mane also found time to joke with reporters after being denied a first-half penalty against Napoli] Yes, I think it was a penalty. I was not diving like usual eh?! Like I always said I am not a kind of player who will always dive to steal something from the game. I could be lucky sometimes and get a penalty, but he didn’t give it for me, and it wasn’t a dive. It was a really, really tough game for us, for us not to win the game - we try as a team and we create many chances. We should have scored more, but we were unlucky, now we have to move on
2019 12 03 Retrieve
[Liverpool star Sadio Mane has apologised for not attending the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris on Monday night] Hello everyone, it’s Sadio Mane - I would have loved to be here with you, but sadly my schedule didn’t allow me, because I have a game this Wednesday. I congratulate the winner and give him an appointment next year. I’ll try to be there and maybe lift the Ballon d’Or. Inshallah. See you soon, bye
2019 12 05 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane has already stated a desire to keep himself in contention for future Golden Balls, saying on the back of Messi’s triumph] I congratulate the winner and give him an appointment next year. I’ll try to be there and maybe lift the Ballon d’Or
2019 12 07 Retrieve
[Liverpool star Sadio Mane hopes to improve on fourth-place Ballon d’Or finish] That means we are a great team with great players and great quality. The boys still have a lot to show and hopefully this season we can show it. I am very proud and happy to be named fourth in the world. I am looking forward and why not number one, maybe? I will do everything possible to win the Champions League and Premier League with Liverpool and we’ll see what’s going to happen
[The 27-year-old bounced back by starring in the 5-2 trouncing of Everton in the Merseyside derby] I think tiredness is in the head. I’m ready to go - I’m feeling fresh again. I expect [to be rested at some point], but when they put me on the bench I respect it and I will be here to push my team-mates because we are Liverpool. Wednesday was a good example with Bobby [Firmino] and Mo [Salah], it meant that other players can get the job. I’m just here and whatever they decide, I am ready to go
2019 12 10 Retrieve
[Liverpool star Sadio Mane apologises to former team Salzburg after Champions League elimination] It was a really tough game. We created many chances. I’m happy for Naby Keita. We deserved to win. We are happy. It’s always nice to come back here because this is where everything started for me. I’m really grateful to the club and fans. Sorry guys, but we have to do it
2019 12 29 Retrieve
[Liverpool’s Sadio Mane wasn’t worried about his controversial Wolves winner] To be honest I thought I saw the ball from the beginning so knew it was the shoulder so I wasn’t panicked; I was sure it was a goal. Sometimes you are lucky, sometimes you are unlucky but it is part of football
I think the frustration from last season is behind us. We know how to deal with this kind of situation. But this situation is a new situation, we are top of the table at the moment but not end of the season. We will still keep working hard to try to win games
2020 01 07 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane has beaten Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah and Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez to the CAF African Player of the Year award for 2019] I am very happy and so proud to win the award this year. I love football and anything related to it, I am glad to be here with all of you. I dedicate this award to my family, my team-mates in Liverpool, my manager Jurgen Klopp and all of the Egyptians. It is a great day for me and for my career. I would like to thank all of the Senegalese who supported me during my journey. I am feeling happy because they will be glad watching me winning this award, especially the people in my village whom I promised I would win Player of the Year. I would like to thank them in French to best express my feelings. I cannot describe my feelings after winning this award and these emotions which surround me in Egypt. Thank you, everyone
2020 01 23 Retrieve
[Mane ready to ‘sacrifice’ himself for Liverpool in pursuit of Premier League] Until the team is successful and I’m also successful, for me I think it’s necessary to sacrifice myself to give everything possible for the team, and the team will give me [that] back for sure - every single player.
For sure we achieved things and we want to achieve more and big things with this club. We want to win trophies - Premier League, Champions League again, which won’t be easy, we all know that. But what you have seen in these last few years, everything is possible and we can do it and do it again. We just need to be hungry in a good way and push ourselves until the end.
When we lost the [Champions League] final against Real Madrid… I think from that everything changed and we said to ourselves, ‘It’s possible’. We also have a young team and from that I think everything changed. We got more belief and we get more confidence and we said, ‘Everything is possible, why not try? We all want to win things, so why can’t we make it together and do it?’ I think that’s working very well
For sure, they [the supporters] only see what we are doing on pitch every single weekend and the success as well. But the work starts with yourself at home professionally and hard work on the training ground. You can see, every single day from day one when I came to Liverpool, players want to improve more and want to get better and better. You can see the gym one hour before training is completely full. I think that’s a very, very big sign for the club because everybody wants to play and everyone wants to be the best. I think that makes things special. From the training ground, everything starts there and it’s just really important. It’s normal that fans are getting so excited to see the team playing well and being successful. That’s why we are working every single day
2020 02 12 Retrieve
[Liverpool star Sadio Mane reveals inspiration behind rise to the top] I can’t describe how they are and how motivated they are especially. They always push me. If you see those people, you push hard and harder to make them proud because it’s the only satisfaction they have on it. I have to give back what they have done for me. I think it was something special for the village because in the village we had some great players but they were never successful.
When I came to France and that time I was playing second league, the village never had the channel to watch the second league, so everybody was so excited to see me on TV first of all! They were praying for me every day to see me at this level because they will be just proud. How things are going and as I get more motivated and [they get] more excited to see me higher and higher, I think I have to sacrifice myself to make them proud
[After edging out team-mate Mohamed Salah and Manchester City man Riyad Mahrez to 2019 CAF African Player of the Year award] I would say the dream came true. When I was young I was always dreaming to be the best and this year I got it, so I’m really happy. I’m looking forward to performing well again for my team, especially since I’m playing for Liverpool - which is a very, very, very big club in the world - winning trophies with the team can give you opportunities to win some [awards] like this. You have to perform well to get this [award]. I don’t know if I’m doing well but I’m trying to do my best for the team and for the club!
2020 02 15 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane on the support he’s had from his friends and family back home in Senegal] I can’t describe how they are and how motivated they are especially. They always push me. If you see those people, you push hard and harder to make them proud because it’s the only satisfaction they have on it. I have to give back what they have done for me
2020 02 28 Retrieve
[Mane: Title race far from easy for Liverpool, despite making it look like a stroll] Easy? Oh, I wish. We know the Premier League is the best league in the world and every single game you have to give 100% if you want to win. It’s what we always try and I think it’s working very well but we have to keep working hard to get what we want. Our target from the beginning was to win the league, so if we win it, it will be great for the club and for the fans
For sure I think there will be one because he is a great manager and he is doing very well for the club and the players. He has his specific way of doing things and he gives his players more responsibility on the pitch which is really important. At the same time, he is very friendly with his players so that is one of his big strengths
[He added on his homeland being dominated by Liverpool fans] Yes, for sure they do try. They are just proud and happy to see me achieving this level. Two years ago it wasn’t the case - there were more Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid fans but now it’s Liverpool everywhere. When Liverpool play now it’s like the national team is playing, so if we win this trophy, it will be massive
2020 03 04 Retrieve
[Mane urges Liverpool to respond quickly after Chelsea loss] The best team won today. In the first half we played well and created many chances but we just didn’t score, and Chelsea had a few chances and scored two goals, so game over. We created enough chances to win, but we need to be more clinical in front of the goal and that was not the case. But that’s a part of football. I think in this moment you could be or could not be a champion, a great champion, and I think this kind of moment has happened to us, but it’s not the first time and it won’t be the last time. We have another important game on Saturday [against Bournemouth] and then on Wednesday [against Atletico], so for this game, we will be ready and we will be back again. This can happen in football and we’re used to it. We just have to keep working hard and keep going if we want to be great champions
[The reigning European champions were beaten 1-0 by Atletico at Wanda Metropolitano] We’ll learn from that defeat and then we’ll be ready to go again. We know it’s a different competition and it will be really important for us, but we’re playing at home, so let’s enjoy it
2020 04 08 Retrieve
[Liverpool star Mane salutes ‘amazing’ Klopp] Jurgen is an amazing coach. He is always positive even if you lost and always finds the right words to push you to that little extra that makes you win again. He knows how to bring players to another level, when they thought they couldn’t play on
Football in England is something else. Much bigger for the people and the Premier League is the championship with the highest speed and quality. But when I think about the UK in general, I would say driving on the left side [has been the biggest adjustment], even though I got used to it over the past years
I developed my football in Southampton. We had a great team and when I got the offer from Liverpool, I was honoured to be able to step into the footprints of Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf, who have been my idols of my youth and a whole generation in Senegal
2020 04 08 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane says he would accept it if Liverpool are denied the Premier League title this season because of the coronavirus pandemic] I want to win the games and I want to get the trophy, it’s what I would love. But with this situation, whatever happens I will understand. It has been difficult for Liverpool, but it has been more difficult for many millions of people around the world. Some people have lost family members and that is the more complicated situation. But for myself, it’s my dream and I want to win it this year. If that’s not the case, I will accept it, it’s part of life. Hopefully we will win it next year
2020 04 09 Retrieve
[Mane was ‘thinking about Manchester United’ before Liverpool move] We were thinking most about Manchester United. That was a tough time for me as I was on the bench so I was not thinking about anyone calling me, but I was pleased he [Jurgen Klopp] did and was not thinking I was a rapper
[Mane has spoken previously at how close he was to joining Louis van Gaal’s Man Utd side during his final season with the Saints] I was really, really close because I even met up with them. So I was coming, I was there and I spoke with the boss who was there before [Van Gaal]. They made an offer, but in the same week, Klopp called me. He said: ‘I think it’s the right club. The right coach for you, and I think it’s better that you go to Liverpool’. For me I think it was the right time as well. I said, ‘I am going to Liverpool’
2020 04 11 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane opens up about his upbringing] When I was young my dad was always saying how proud he was of me. He was a man with a big heart. When he died, it had a big impact on me and the rest of my family. I said to myself: ‘Now I have to do my best to help my mother’. That’s a hard thing to deal with when you are so young.
2020 04 24 Retrieve
[Mane has been clear that their incredible title charge hasn’t been easy] Easy? Oh, I wish. We know the Premier League is the best league in the world and every single game you have to give 100% if you want to win. It’s what we always try and I think it’s working very well but we have to keep working hard to get what we want. Our target from the beginning was to win the league, so if we win it, it will be great for the club and for the fans
2020 06 30 Retrieve
[Sadio Mane has outlined his ambition to achieve even bigger things at Liverpool] I think this is another step for all of us in our career for what we want to achieve, because as football players you have to be always professional and always hungry in a good way to win everything. I think we have a great team, great staff and the club is amazing, so we have another step and big things to achieve so we won’t stop here. We just have to believe in ourselves still and keep working harder and be humble for sure - work hard and try to achieve bigger and bigger things with this club.
[Mane went on to thank Klopp for bringing the best out of him] He is a great manager and everybody is happy with him. I am lucky to be working with him for sure, because as a player and a human being I have developed under him which is really important for every player. We can see how the players develop in this team, so I think all the things come from him. So I will say again, thanks to him.
[Asked whether a win over the recently dethroned champions will top off a superb season] For sure. Like I always said, we don’t have to stop and we won’t stop for sure after being champion. I think it’s another step of our careers and what we want to achieve so I can say for myself, it’s part of us and it’s the past now so we have to make sure we [carry on]. Records in football are always there to beat so for sure we want to achieve again something special after being champion. It’s going to be a really, really good game [and] for us there are no excuses, we have to do everything possible to win it because now we have seven games. We are going to take it game by game and try to win all of them because it’s our dream and really important for us.