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Sadio Mané on Training, the Title Race, and Manchester United

The Senegalese striker hopes to get the season back on track against our biggest foe. Same, Sadio. Same.

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Liverpool Training Session Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

The last few weeks have not been so much fun for Liverpool Football Club. Poor finishing, baffling referee decisions, lackluster performances, injures, and a stunning Danny Ings strike have all conspired to result in just two points from the last three outtings.

But Liverpool have an opportunity to turn things around—in a big way—when old foes Manchester United come to town. A win, any win, would put the Reds back on top of the pile. Three points tomorrow would certainly go a long way to put the last few frustrating matches behind us.

The lads are well aware of tomorrow’s stakes. Unsurprisingly, one of the lads who wants to win the most is Sadio Mané.

“Yes, everything starts at the training ground,” Sadio explained to the club’s official website. “At the training ground you have to show all the things like desire, attitude and all of these things, then in the game you can see it.

“The difficult moment has happened, it was not the first time for us, but we are more mature and we know these kind of things [can happen]. It is behind us and, as I said, now we’re looking forward to the Manchester United game.

“[Man United] are doing well and they are a good team – a very good team. It is another test for us to see what we can achieve. Like I’ve said in the past years, for sure we want to win the league – and if we want to win the league, we have to beat the best.

“Manchester United are one of them. It’s an exciting game, I think everybody is excited about the game – we are also. These kind of games, we are really, really, really looking forward to. I think it’ll be exciting for everyone.”

Liverpool will still have plenty of work ahead of themselves, even if the see off United on Sunday. A few fringe players, and a not-at-all-fringe Thiago, are returning from injury, though the team is desperately in need of defensive reinforcements.

But. But if we can beat United, it might just be the turning point this season needs.