I don’t care who you are, or how much you think you want Liverpool to win their first Premier League title in 30 years, Sadio Mane wants it more. I guarantee it.
Everything—everything—about the Senegalese winger’s demeanor tells us how important winning things is to him. He was instrumental in both league title challenges, and both Champions League runs to the consecutive finals.
However, it’s not just his clear talent and obvious drive to succeed that sets him apart, but also his ability to shrug off past failures—whether it’s missing an open goal, or narrowly losing out on a title—to ensure he and the rest of the team are better prepared for success next time.
So how would someone like Mane, who again wants to win The Thing more than anyone, respond to possibly missing out this year?
“I want to win the games and I want to get the trophy, it’s what I would love,” Mane told talkSPORT, “But with this situation, whatever happens I will understand.
“It has been difficult for Liverpool, but it has been more difficult for many millions of people around the world. Some people have lost family members and that is the more complicated situation.
“But for myself, it’s my dream and I want to win it this year. If that’s not the case, I will accept, it’s part of life. Hopefully we will win it next year.”
You’re a better man than me, Sadio. I mean, better than me at humanity by roughly the same margin you are better than me at footy. So by a rather wide margin is what I’m saying.