Striker Sadio Mane believes Liverpool have the squad to win an unprecedented quadruple, although he admits there is still a lot of work to be done.
The Senegalese international was deservedly named man of the match in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, not only for his two goals in the match, but also for an all-round performance that was one of the best for the club.
The victory kept alive the dream of winning all four trophies this season, with the Carabao Cup already in the bag, an appearance in the FA Cup final secured, a Champions League round of 16 tie against Villarreal to come. and just one point down to make up for Pep Guardiola’s side in the title race.
“I think it would be early to talk about winning four trophies, but for sure I think we have to fight for it because we have the team to fight for it and we will do everything to get it,” said Mane.
After a pair of 2-2 league draws, Jurgen Klopp’s side finally overcame their main rivals after a pulsating first half at Wembley left their opponents, who were 3-0 down at half-time, speechless.
City eventually brought it back to 3-2 but left it too late to force a draw.
However, the manner of their return and their continued excellence in the Premier League means Mane believes they remain the team to beat.
“We knew it would be a very tough game because Man City, if I don’t say the best team in the world, is surely one of the best and we have to respect that,” he added.
“Of course City is the best team in the world. Liverpool wants to be the best team in the world, so we are working towards it.
We’ll see if we’re going to be the best team or not, but we’re going for it.”
Mane was brilliant throughout, his high-energy pressing game forcing an error from goalkeeper Zack Steffen when he was brought down in possession and the ball was forced over the line for Liverpool’s second, only for industry to be replaced by art. like Mane’s wonderful slice volley. the American in the position closest to him.
Coach Jurgen Klopp has seen many good performances from the 30-year-old, but he particularly liked this one.
“He played an incredible match, an absolutely incredible match. He was the first player to start the pressure, so it was intense for him too,” he said.
“The first goal he scored, I love it. But I don’t like too much that the goalkeeper receives some criticism for it.
“These kinds of things happen. If you want to play football, that can happen, but Sadio’s acceleration, the desire to get there, was really great.
“So this goal was great and the other one was obviously correct football until the last pass with the little chip (from Thiago Alcantara) and then the volley, it was a great goal.”
Enjoy your first month for only £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without subscription