It’s been a pretty great week for Sadio Mané and he’s (understandably) just as chuffed about it as we are. The Senegalese forward scored a fantastic hattrick during Liverpool’s 5-0 win over FC Porto, immediately quieting the grumbles that had been surrounding his performance for the past few months. And it looks like things are about to get even better: the Reds are focused on keeping the deadly trio of Salah, Firmino, and Mané at Anfield and will likely put forward a longer and improved contract to Mané soon.
The player’s current contract extends through 2021, but the club will likely be looking to improve his wages and maybe add a couple of years.
With that, the glow of his recent hattrick, and the sun of Marbella on him, Mané’s got very little to complain about. He sat down to chat with the club’s official website while in Marbella about how he’s feeling right now.
“I think [I’m operating at my peak again]! It’s always important — especially for a striker — to score,” Mané said. “It gives you confidence and I am feeling confident. Now I am looking forward to continuing to give my best, as I have done all of the time even when I have not been at my best.”
“I’m happy to have scored the three goals, but I want to score many more and progress to the next round. It was a big honour for me to score the hattrick, but without my teammates I am nothing. The whole performance of the team was great on the night. We started the game well and did so right until the end, creating many chances and scoring five goals.”
With his three goals against Porto, Mané now has 12 goals this season — 6 in the Champions League and 6 in the Premier League. That’s one fewer goal than he had in the previous season. But with teammates like Salah and Firmino, expectations are high and the pressure to keep producing goals is higher. Mané is trying not to let it get to him, however.
“It’s not in my mind, but it would be great for me to score more goals than last season,” Mané aadded. “There’s more competition this season, but the most important thing is to score and help my team.”