|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 are a great team, but I am focused on my team, Liverpool
2019 10 27 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
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 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 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.