Liverpool's Mane delivers fighting talk, not excuses
Sadio Mane © Getty Images

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane believes the Reds should fight until the end of the season rather than making excuses for their poor Premier League title defense.

Liverpool won the Premier League for the first time in 30 years last season. Injuries and poor form have hampered them this season, and they currently sit in seventh place with 46 points from 29 games.

Juergen Klopp’s side is still in contention to win the Champions League this season, and they will face Real Madrid in the quarter-finals next month. Otherwise, Liverpool will have to fight their way into the Premier League’s top four to qualify for Europe’s most prestigious competition next season.

“We have to deal with the situation and not stop believing, but keep fighting, keep our motivation and go again,” Mane said.

“When you are a fighter you never try to make excuses, we are here to find solutions. Being together with my team mates always gives me high energy.

“In football – and in life in general – you can’t expect anything and for years and years this complicated situation has not happened. We have always been successful, but now this has happened and we can see it is like how life is.”

Last season, the Senegal international was one of Liverpool’s standout performers, but he has failed to match that level this season, scoring 12 goals and assisting six times in 37 appearances in all competitions.

“We need to be positive and fight,” he said. “This is what we try to do to change this situation and I’m sure that it will change.”

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