Sadio Mane has tipped Liverpool to enjoy another top campaign after seeing everybody looking sharp from day one of pre-season.
The Senegalese forward also anticipated a much improved season from himself following his extended rest this summer.
Mane told Liverpoolfc.com: “I think for sure it will be a different season and it will be another great season for Liverpool Football Club.
“I could see from day one that everybody was looking sharp, which for me was unbelievable! I am not complaining about having one week or two weeks’ holiday, but I think it’s always extra [helpful] for us to have this long period of holiday.”
When asked about the importance of pre-season Mane replied:
“You have to be mentally ready because we know how the season is, sometimes you use just the mentality. But I think we have a really good spirit in the team and the mentality is top, top, top – you can see. I think it will be a very interesting season for us and I’m looking forward to it.”
Mane, much like the rest of us I am sure, was also excited to see Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip back in training.
“When I see Virgil, Joe and Joel, after every training session I say, ‘My friend, how are you feeling?’ because I think to have everybody back in the team is just incredible. Because we know what they are capable of doing for the team and for us the most important thing is the team, so having those players fit, 100 per cent – I think you can always see the smiles of the boys and say: ‘Wow, what a season it’s going to be for us again.'”
Mane on why he will be better
Mane only managed 16 goals in all competitions last season, which proved to be disappointing by his own high standards.
The 29-year-old forward did manage four goals in the last eight Premier League games to help Liverpool secure Champions League football next season, and he anticipates carrying this form forward.
He said: “It was not my best season, which I know. Like I always said, it can happen in football but I think it won’t be the same [next] season. For sure, I am more ready, mentally, physically, everything, so I think it will be for myself an exciting season.”