Sadio Mane makes Liverpool declaration amid “complicated” season
Sadio Mane has vowed that he and his Liverpool teammates will not give up in their quest for the top four and Champions League glory amid a season of unforeseen difficulties.
The reigning Premier League champions have long ruled themselves out of the title race following a dismal run which has seen them slip from top of the table to eighth.
Liverpool have won just once in the league this calendar year during that spell as injuries and off-field problems have affected their squad.
But Mane insists the Reds are doing all they can behind the scenes to rescue something from their tumultuous season.
“In our heads we always believe ‘never give up’ – and we won’t give up,” he said, as reports The Echo .
“The human being in us will never give up. As a football player ‘never give up’ should be your first expression. It is my expression.
“Our target was to win the league. At the same time, if you are not winning and Manchester City is flying to win every single game, to win it is very complicated. So we will try to do everything possible to be in the top four.”
Liverpool are currently eight points off that feat, though do have a game in hand over Chelsea who occupy the coveted fourth-placed spot.
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However, one look at Liverpool’s recent form suggests making up that gap is unlikely, with winning the Champions League outright perhaps now a more realistic prospect.
Jurgen Klopp’s side made fairly light work of Red Bull Leipzig in the last-16 despite all their problems, and will no doubt be hoping for a more favourable draw in the next round to help further their chances.
Mane added: “It won’t be easy because we are going to face the best teams in Europe, but we are here to beat the best in the world.
“We will do everything possible to go for it and to win the Champions League.”