Sadio Mane says Liverpool targeting more Champions League goals

Sadio Mane says Liverpool targeting more Champions League goals

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is confident they can continue to be an attacking force in the Champions League this season.

Heading into the final round of group matches, Jurgen Klopp’s side are the second highest scorers in the competition with 16 goals from five games.

They are only two short of their best group stage tally achieved in 2007/08 with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah leading Liverpool’s European charge this season with five goals each.

That sort of form should be enough to secure the point they need at home to Spartak Moscow on Wednesday to reach the last 16 for the first time since 2009.

Speaking ahead of the game at Anfield where a win would see Liverpool top Group E, Mane said he was confident they can maintain the momentum.

“I think we have scored more goals than many big teams,” he said.

“It is important to score goals and win the games. It doesn’t matter to us [who scores], we just want to win the games.

“We are working hard every single day to be difficult for the defenders. We going to try to do our best and cause as many problems as we can for the defenders.

“It is very important for us to be in the Champions League. It is the dream of each player in the world. The fans deserve it, the club also.

“Liverpool is a big and great club; we want to play a big part in the Champions League. We want to go as far as we can.”

Mane is set to return to the side having been an unused substitute in Saturday’s 5-1 win at Brighton after playing the starring role in the win at Stoke four days earlier.

With a virtually a fully-fit squad, the Senegal international accepts rotation is something every player will have to get used to, even if it is frustrating.

Sadio Mane insists he understands why he has been rested in a talented Liverpool squad

“Honestly, I won’t lie: every player would love to play every single game, every single weekend. That is our job and we are still young,” he added.

“But we have a good team and I am happy to respect the decision of the coach. The team is always more important.”


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