2019 is the year of Sadio Mané. The Senegal international was just awarded Liverpool’s Player of the Month for the second time in three months (van Dijk took the honours in February). It was a completely deserved honour given Mané’s impressive tally of 11 goals in the last 12 games he’s played.
The forward sat down with the club’s official website to chat about everything from his daily routine to how well the squad works together. The entire piece is obviously delightful and worth the read, but here are some of the highlights:
Mané used to brush off the smaller twinges and potential injuries, but has definitely stopped doing that recently.
“Personally, I always want to feel fit, so that’s why I will always go [see the medical staff],” he writes. “Even if I have a small thing, I will go to see the medical staff and tell them. Before, I used to struggle with this; I remember in the beginning when I was 20-22, I would feel something, but say to myself, ‘You’re fine!’ and then sometimes it would get worse. Now, I am not a young player anymore, I am at the top level, so if you want to be at the top, top, highest level, you always have to be 100 per cent fit. You have to take care of yourself, your body, your food. It is very important. I never take anything easy, I try to look after everything.”
He’s a terrible cook and really depends on his chef.
“To be honest, I am a very bad cook, so I can only really make porridge myself — so that’s why I have a chef,” he adds. “He knows by now that I am only interested in eating healthily as he has been with me for three seasons. His name is Damien and he’s originally from Poland, but he has lived in the UK for many years with his family. Mona [Nemmer] set me up with him when I came to the club and he’s a very, very good guy. I’ll never change my chef!”
He has a great relationship with the squad and thinks this is what sets Liverpool apart.
“We have a good relationship as a squad. I have been here three years and some players have come in since and are new, but it’s like we’ve been together since my first year here. This is something that makes Liverpool special, I think.”
And he wants to clear up something he said a while back about Naby Keïta.
“I have to be totally honest, I was joking when I said about Naby’s snoring keeping me awake when we were at the training camp in Marbella! Honestly, I was only joking and just making fun of him!”
Mané’s recent form has been attracting attention from everywhere (which we’ve been addressing), but for now, he’s a Red, he’s on top of the world, and we all get to bask in it.