‘It was difficult’ – Sadio Mane puts Liverpool’s problems behind him and argues Mohamed Salah – .

‘It was difficult’ – Sadio Mane puts Liverpool’s problems behind him and argues Mohamed Salah – .

Sadio Mane says the problems he faced last season are now firmly behind him at Liverpool.
The Senegalese star suffered a drop in form and a crisis of confidence as an injured Reds side struggled in the absence of the intensity provided by Premier League crowds.

Mane’s downfall was such that he admitted to having undergone testing in an attempt to find the root of the problem and return to the kind of performances that put him in the top five of the 2019 Ballon d’Or list. .

“I even had a test to examine my body,” he said in May after admitting it was “the worst season of my career”.

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However, having recorded his sixth of the campaign in Saturday’s 5-0 hammering against Claudio Ranieri’s Watford, Mane – whose goal was number 100 in the Premier League – believes those worries are now a thing of the past.

He said: “It was hard for me but it was hard for the team and sometimes it’s normal but everything is behind us now.

“I’ve said from the start that it can be a different season for all of us and you can see it.

“So hopefully we are going to aim for the titles, which is our dream is what we are looking for and what we are working for. “

With 22 goals between them in all competitions already this season, Liverpool’s top three, Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, are sharper than ever.

It’s the most they’ve scored as a three-pronged attack at this point in any season together at Anfield and Mane is having fun left of Jurgen Klopp’s front line.

He added: “I think we started really well, played really well, created lots of chances and scored five goals. We deserved to win.

“I always said it was very easy to play in front with these two guys. They are two of the best players in the world and I think we are causing a lot of problems for the defenses.

“I think going fast, falling deep, running errands and that makes the difference. I hope we will continue like this and score as many goals as possible for the team until the end of the season. ”

Despite Firmino’s hat-trick in the rout at Vicarage Road, much of the applause once again spread at Salah’s feet after another superb goal for his growing collection.

Klopp said his No.11 was ‘the best in the world’ after the game, but Mane is not surprised by his teammate’s form.

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“Of course I think it’s you who are surprised – but not me because we all know his quality,” Mane said.

“We know how he can move the ball, he showed that against Manchester City which was another great goal, so for him to score goals like this is normal.

“It was a very wonderful goal and I’m very happy for him. ”

Next up for Liverpool is a trip to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League as they look to move up to nine points in Group B at Wanda Metropolitano.

The Reds will once again have Alisson Becker and Fabinho available after flying to the Spanish capital after being part of the Brazil squad for a game against Uruguay in the early hours of Friday morning UK time.

Mane said: “It’s always easier if you have those kind of players and for us it’s not a problem because we know how good they are. Finding them in the team is a plus for us.

“They’ve been here for years so it’s not a problem for them because they’re two of the best players in the world so it will be easy for us and getting them back into the squad will help us a lot. “


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