Sadio Mane insists Liverpool have the “experience” to navigate the waters of a title challenge, in comments made to LiverpoolFC.com.
The Reds currently lead the Premier League table by four points from second-placed Manchester City, but the Senegal international has urged his team-mates to keep their focus on taking it game-by-game.
Liverpool have suffered in recent years.
The Reds lost the Champions League final last year and were runners-up in the League Cup and the Europa League in 2015-16. Of course, they came second in the Premier League in 2013-14, having appeared certain to win their first league title since the 1989-90 season.
Now, their destiny is in their own hands, with 15 games to play; win them all, and they will be champions.
Mane, though, is wary of looking too far to the future and instead calling on his team-mates to merely take it game-by-game.
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“We have experience now,” the No.10 told LiverpoolFC.com.
“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?”
Mane has scored 10 goals in all competitions thus far this season and has also provided a total of three assists.
Mane appears wary of Liverpool yet again falling short at the last possible moment.
The Reds have yet to taste silverware under Klopp, but this team came mightily close last time around.
Had it not been for Mohamed Salah’s injury, or Loris Karius’ ridiculous errors, Liverpool could well have won the Champions League final against Real; Mane, after all, made it 1-1 in that game before Gareth Bale’s stupendous bicycle-kick.
Nevertheless, they could not get over the line and that does not bode particularly well for the remainder of this season.
Manchester City are yet to hit top gear this term but the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane are clicking at just the right time.
The margin for error for Liverpool is tiny; Mane, then, is right to be wary after so many near-misses.