Sadio Mane highlights importance of team ethic amid praise for Liverpool’s front four

7 December 2017

Sadio Mane was back on the scoresheet with two of Liverpool’s seven goals in midweek, but has also praised the qualities of those in deeper positions.


Mane, along with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho—the Fab Four as they have been dubbed—have been in irresistible form of late.

Each of the quartet got on the scoresheet against Spartak Moscow but Mane was quick to pay tribute to the rest of the side.

The building blocks of a successful performance often come from deeper, and Mane highlighted the importance of the team being an entire unit rather than just four forwards in tandem.

“I’m very happy to play alongside all these great players,” he told LiverpoolFC.com.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the sixth goal with team-mates during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Spartak Moscow at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“I’m enjoying playing [with] them, they make it easier for me, so I’m happy for that.

“Everybody has spoken about [us], but the whole performance of the team was always great.

“Without them, we are nothing, so it’s everybody. The whole performance of the team was great tonight.

“We played fantastic football and we deserved to win because we created many chances and scored without conceding.”

Of course, being a forward as he is, Mane was delighted to get his own name on the scoresheet as well.

He netted a thunderous volley just after the restart before also turning home a close-range finish—both assisted by substitutes, James Milner and Daniel Sturridge—as the Reds turned on the style.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 25, 2017: Liverpoolís Philippe Coutinho (centre) confers with team mates Liverpoolís Daniel Sturridge (R) and Liverpoolís James Milner (L) during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield. (Pic by Lindsey Parnaby/Propaganda)

“I’m very happy to score goals because every striker loves to score for his team,” he added.

“That’s what I tried to do tonight and I’m very happy to be on the scoresheet. “It’s always important to score as many goals as we can because if you want to win you have to score more than the other team!

“That’s what we did tonight and we won the game so we are happy.

Looking forward to the weekend Merseyside derby, Mane insisted the team would not take their foot off the gas as the race for the top four builds.

“It’s also a tough game and an important game for us.

“We play at home and the fans deserve a win, so we’ll do our best to get it.”

Another seven on Sunday isn’t too much to ask, is it?

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