Liverpool star Mane has special message for fans

Sadio Mane has told Liverpool fans that they have “lifted” his spirits since he returned from the Africa Cup of Nations.

The 24-year-old winger was sorely missed during a miserable run for the Reds which saw them pick up just one win in January.

The supporters were excited to welcome him back, but the player himself would not have wanted to return to Merseyside until a few days later.

Mane flew back to England 24 hours before Liverpool’s clash against Chelsea, which ended in a 1-1 draw, after Senegal were knocked out of the AFCON quarter-finals by Cameroon.

It was even worse for the former Southampton man as he missed a crucial penalty in the final-eight clash.

Mane’s positivity swiftly returned when he felt the support of the Liverpool fans, and he rewarded them with two goals in a 2-0 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday.

He told the Liverpool Echo:

“I want to thank all the supporters for what they have done for me. I was very happy to hear that when I came off against Tottenham. Having that support means so much. It has really lifted me since I came back.

“They give the team so much. I know that sometimes it hasn’t been easy for them but they are always behind us and always pushing us. We try to give our best for them.”

So far this season, Mane has scored 11 Premier League goals in 22 appearances.