Sadio Mane delivers verdict on Liverpool top-four chances ahead of clash v West Ham
By Matt Bullin
Liverpool star Sadio Mane has issued a rallying call to his teammates ahead of their final two Premier League fixtures, claiming he is confident they will finish in the top four.
Mane has not featured since the beginning of April after picking up a knee injury in the 3-1 win over Everton.
The 43-time Senegal international has been a revelation in the Reds’ midfield following his move from Southampton last summer and has become a key player.
The 25-year-old has scored 13 goals and supplied six assists in 29 Premier League games this term.
Having initially coped well without him, Jurgen Klopp’s side have struggled of late, losing 2-1 to Crystal Palace and drawing 0-0 with Southampton last time out.
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Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Mane admitted it has been difficult for him on the sidelines.
“It’s frustrating being out and having to watch, but my teammates are still doing a great job on the pitch,” Mane said.
If Liverpool win their final two league matches against West Ham and Middlesbrough a top-four finish is secured, despite late pressure from Man United and Arsenal.
Mane commented: “I am very confident that they will get the points we need from the final two matches to get us in the top four.
“We have a great manager and he knows what is required. We all want to get this club into the Champions League.”
The Senegalese star recently received the Player’s Player of the Season at the Liverpool end of season awards ceremony.
Klopp’s Reds currently sit third and next up is a Sunday afternoon trip to the London Stadium to take on West Ham.
In other Liverpool news, this 25-year-old has delivered a positive injury update.