Teamwork the key to success for Liverpool
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.