Team­work the key to suc­cess for Liver­pool

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

Just one de­feat in their l ast 19 Premier League matches has lifted the side into a po­si­tion to chal­lenge Manch­ester United for sec­ond place while they are vir­tu­ally guar­an­teed a Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nal place with a 5-0 first­leg lead over Porto.

Klopp’s side have scored 103 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son with their for­ward line of Mane, 31-goal Mo­hamed Salah and Roberto Firmino scor­ing for fun.

“The team spirit is good and the con­fi­dence is here so I think we are in a good way,” said Mane.

“Every sin­gle player is al­ways very happy play­ing along­side each other. We al­ways try to help each other and work as a team.

“I think that is the team’s power and the team’s pur­pose. Every player would love to play in this team.

“We are lucky boys and we are go­ing to keep try­ing to work hard and give our best when we take our places on the pitch to con­tinue to try and win the games.

“I can sense the club is mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion. There were a cou­ple of dif­fi­cult years at Liver­pool a while back but those things hap­pen to every club in the world.

“At the mo­ment we are in a good way so ev­ery­thing is pos­si­ble. I think we have im­proved a lot in the past few months. We know that, on our day, we can beat any team in the world.”

Mane be­lieves the ar­rival of clu­brecord sign­ing Vir­gil van Dijk, who be­came the world’s most ex­pen­sive de­fender last month, has al­ready made a dif­fer­ence.

“He’s a great player and I know him very well be­cause he was my team-mate when I was at Southamp­ton too,” Mane added.

“He is a very good ad­di­tion for us and we are very happy to have him in the team. For sure, he will make a dif­fer­ence for us.

“He is strong and tech­ni­cal and clever in the games. He wins a lot of balls in the air and he reads the game very well too.”

Mean­while, Liver­pool de­fender Nathaniel Clyne’s re­turn to com­pet­i­tive ac­tion went bet­ter than ex­pected af­ter com­plet­ing the full 90 min­utes on his first ap­pear­ance since pre-sea­son.

Clyne has been side­lined since a July friendly at Tran­mere Rovers due to a back in­jury.

How­ever, Reds U/23s man­ager Neil Critch­ley paid trib­ute to the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional af­ter he fea­tured in Sun­day’s 4-0 win over Stoke in the Premier League Cup.

“He has not played for seven months and the plan was to see how long he would go for,” Critch­ley said.

“He kept putting his thumb up and say­ing he was OK. He ob­vi­ously wanted to see out the 90 min­utes, which was great for him.

“I thought he was a great ex­am­ple to our play­ers i n the way he man­aged him­self dur­ing the game.”

FOR­WARD Sa­dio Mane be­lieves Liver­pool’s power lies in their team ethic and thinks any player would want to be part of Jur­gen Klopp’s squad.

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