Stop making excuses for Liverpool, says Sadio Mane
Currently seventh in the table and a whopping 25 points off league leaders Manchester City, the Reds’ title defence looks as wretched as the poor solitary excavator trying to free the ‘Ever Given’ megaship from the Suez Canal.
And most Liverpool fans have been quick to pin the blame for their club’s woes on factors like the long-term unavailability of Virgil van Dijk to injury, the lack of any half-fit defenders, and sometimes, the injustice of VAR.
But Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is having none of it.
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The Senegalese forward insists that, despite the litany of reasons the millions of Kopites around the world have come up for them, there are no excuses for his team’s poor performance in the Premier League this season.
"When you are a fighter you never try to make excuses,” Mane declared. “We are here to find solutions. We have to deal with the situation and not stop believing, but keep fighting, keep our motivation and go again.
“In football – and in life in general – you can't expect anything and for years and years this complicated situation has not happened. We have always been successful, but now this has happened and we can see it is like how life is.
“We need to be positive and fight. This is what we try to do to change this situation and I'm sure that it will change.”
Mane, who still has two years left on his current deal with Liverpool, has thus far refused to commit to a new contract reportedly worth £200,000 (S$371,000) a week.
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With the vultures from La Liga known as Real Madrid and Barcelona circling, Liverpool fans are concerned that the 28-year-old might decide to leave the damp of Merseyside for the sunny beaches of Spain.
But Mane has pooh-poohed suggestions that he is unhappy at Anfield and looking to leave the club in the summer.
“I am happy, I am really enjoying sharing the pitch with my team-mates for Liverpool,” he said. “Being together with my team mates always gives me high energy. I am prouder than ever to be a Liverpool player.”
Liverpool will next take on Arsenal in the Premier League on April 3.