Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane has told LiverpoolFC.com that the team aren’t putting any pressure on themselves in the Premier League title race, and Reds fans have been quick to react to his comments on Twitter.
"Making pressure for ourselves doesn’t help. Why not just try to win games until the end of the season?”
Sadio Mane on the mindset of the Reds. 👊🔴
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 25, 2019
The Merseyside outfit recovered from the minor blip of losing consecutive fixtures against Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers – in the top flight and FA Cup respectively – at the beginning of 2019 to record successive victories against Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace.
The latest thrilling 4-3 win against the Eagles left them four points clear of City at the summit, while they are also nine above third-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the standings ahead of the final 15 fixtures of the season.
Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com, Mane highlighted the professional mentality in the dressing room:
“We have experience now.
“Of course we are confident if we’re winning – but not too much, we know what can happen. We are still professional footballers and we’re still going to try to take it game by game.
“The season is long and we have many games. Making pressure for ourselves doesn’t help. Why not just try to win games until the end of the season?”
The FA Cup exit to Wolves means Jurgen Klopp’s men have an 11-day gap to prepare for their next Premier League fixture against Leicester City at Anfield on Wednesday, where they will hope to pick up their 20th top flight win of what has been a brilliant campaign to date.
Liverpool supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on their 26-year-old attacker’s defiant message, and while one said he’d “better tell Lovren and Lallana that”, another said the Senegal international has an “elite mentality”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Then he should stop wasting chances
— gabby is a Red ❣️ (@gabbyCreation) January 25, 2019
You best be working on your finishing in Dubai
— Hchiks (@Hchiks1) January 25, 2019
Better tell Lovren and Lallana that.
— KA Black ? (@GQprometheus) January 25, 2019
no better players than this guy… Work rate,commitment, goals adaptation and so on and on…..
— Abubakar yekeen (@Abubakaryekeen1) January 25, 2019
In other words you are saying we need to win matches to win the league? Incredible ? love you Sadio
— Naz_786 (@Naz786_) January 25, 2019
Closet to Suarez in term of mindset, pursuit for goal and aggression.
— Mani Sharma (@AuthenticMani) January 25, 2019
Fully agree. Win one game at a time ignore others’ results
— FJ Indra (@fazlin_jaya) January 25, 2019
— – (@ClinicalOxlade7) January 25, 2019
I agree what he says but must also stop being so selfish ?
— Slevin Bessick (@SlevinBessick) January 25, 2019
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