EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool's Sadio Mane: We can beat any team in the league

EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool's Sadio Mane: We can beat any team in the league
From ESPN - September 21, 2017

LIVERPOOL, England -- Liverpool winger Sadio Mane sat down with ESPN FC's Mark Ogden for an exclusive interview. Mane spoke about his recent red card against Manchester City, the Reds' start to the season and Philippe Coutinho's stay at Anfield this summer, as well as Senegal's hopes at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Q: How frustrating has Liverpool's start to the season been, especially since the 4-0 win against Arsenal?

A: Sometimes it can happen in football, but the most important thing is the reaction and it is important to do that. We have a great team and great qualities in the team, and I think we will do it [respond.]

Q: The Liverpool attacking strikeforce -- is it one of the best in the Premier League?

A: Thank you for the compliment! That is what we are looking for and what we are working for every day in training. We are going to keep going to do that to try to help us win games.

Q: Is it the pace of you and Mohamed Salah which really frightens teams?

A: Maybe, but it is the whole performance of the team which is the key.

Q: How important to you was it that Philippe Coutinho stayed at the club [after he handed in a transfer request in a bid to join Barcelona]?

A: It was not only important to me, but also to the whole club, that Phil is staying here. He is one of our best players, an important player, and we are happy to see him stay with us.

Q: Do you believe you can still win the Premier League title?

A: Honestly, it is too early to talk about the title. We are not focused on other teams, just on ourselves, and we know we can beat any team in the league.

These kind of results [no win in four games since the Arsenal victory] can happen in any team, but we will do our best to change the situation. We will try to take it game by game, and why not win it at the end?

Q: Your first game back after suspension will be against Spartak Moscow -- are you excited to be in the Champions League?

A: It is very exciting to be playing in the Champions League because it is the dream of every player in the world. It's a big competition in Europe and we have played one game already against Sevilla and did not get the result we wanted [a 2-2 draw].

Now we have to go to Spartak, but why not go there and win? I know they are a good team. They would not be in the Champions League if they were not.

Q: Do you have any concerns over racism in Russia? We have seen the likes of Yaya Toure targeted by Russian fans in recent years in the Champions League?


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