Sadio Mane identifies a key asset for Liverpool this season
By Joe Nelson
Saido Mane believes Liverpool can make Anfield a fortress this season in their bid for the Premier League crown.
The 24-year-old spoke to the Liverpool Echo after his side’s 5-1 win over Hull City on Saturday afternoon and is confident about his side’s chances this season.
The £30million summer signings from Southampton grabbed his third goal of the campaign in the rout and believes that the firepower his side possesses will be enough for a successful season in Merseyside.
“This season will be different at Anfield,” Mane said.
“We have shown what we can do at home and we want to make this a really strong place for us.
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“The atmosphere at Anfield helps us to play better. I’ve noticed that already.”
Mane joined Southampton in the summer of 2014 from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg for a figure of £11.8. He has since lit up the Premier League with his lively performances, which earned him a move to Merseyside this summer.
It is the first time since 1959 that the Reds have scored four or more goals in their opening two home league matches, underlining their early season dominance.
“This is a great place to play football and the team is playing with a lot of confidence. Winning games gives you that kind of confidence. The fans will really push us on this season.”
The Reds picked up 32 points out of a possible 57 at home last season, but Mane is confident that number can be significantly improved this season.
“We are playing some great football. Everyone is working really hard both when with and without the ball.
“When we attack there are always players around for you to link up with and when we don’t have it we all try to get it back quickly.”
The Senegalese international also praised the influence of having a motivational manager such as Jurgen Klopp on the touchline spurring them on.
“It’s great to have someone like Jurgen Klopp on the touchline. He’s always communicating with us and encouraging us. He pushes us on and it’s great to play for someone like him.”
In other Liverpool news, the Reds have broken a 121-year-old record.