Sunday Times

Fighting talk from Reds’ Sadio Mane

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Liverpool should fight right through to the end of the season rather than dwell on excuses for their dismal Premier League title defence, forward Sadio Mane said.

Liverpool ripped up the record books last season on the way to their first English topflight title in 30 years but a campaign marred by injuries and poor form has left them seventh with 46 points from 29 games.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are still in with a chance of winning this year’s Champions League, where they face Real Madrid in the quarterfin­als next month.

Otherwise, Liverpool have to scramble into the top four in the Premier League to qualify for the continent’s most elite 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 teammates 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.”

Liverpool face Arsenal in the Premier League on April 3 after the internatio­nal break.—

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