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Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane chase Champions League glory

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will chase glory in the UEFA Champions League when they face Real Madrid in the closing, set for the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev on Saturday 26 May 2018, kick-off at 20h45 CAT.

The match will be included Live right here on AfricanFootball.com.

Real are chasing a third successive European crown and a record-extending 13th general, getting claimed the trophy in 2016 and 2017.

The Spanish side’s path to the closing noticed them complete runners-up in Group H (behind Tottenham Hotspur) ahead of defeating Paris Saint-Germain (5-2 on mixture), Juventus (4-3) and Bayern Munich (4-3) in the past 16, quarter- and semifinals respectively.

‘Los Blancos’ have endured a disappointing season domestically, only finishing third in La Liga behind hated rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, but if they win the Champions League yet again, then all will be forgiven for coach Zinedine Zidane.

They occur into the game getting played to a 2-2 draw away to Villarreal in a league clash on Saturday, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale proving their physical fitness and variety by commencing and scoring a goal apiece.

Liverpool is chasing their sixth European crown and a 1st considering that 2005 when they famously came from a few goals down to defeat Italian giants AC Milan.

The English side’s path to the closing noticed them complete prime of Group E ahead of defeating Porto (5- on mixture), Manchester Town (5-1) and Roma (7-6) in the past 16, quarter- and semifinals respectively.

‘The Reds’ were passed in action on May thirteen, when they thrashed Brighton & Hove Albion 4- to safe a fourth-place complete in the Leading League. The match provided yet one more goal for Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah, who has netted an outstanding 44 times in his debut season for the club.

In head-to-head stats, Real and Liverpool have achieved in just 5 earlier European Cup matches. The Reds have claimed a few wins in contrast to two for Los Blancos and outscored the Spanish aspect six goals to 4.

Included in Liverpool’s victories is a 1- win in the closing of the 1981 competitiveness in Paris. It was Madrid’s past closing reduction in the European Cup and the only time an English aspect have crushed Spanish opponents in the closing.

The teams’ most current conferences were in the team phase in 2014/fifteen, with the La Liga aspect winning each matches.

Modern variety, all competitions, most current results 1st

Real – DWLDD

Liverpool – WLLDW

Head-to-head, all competitions

Matches played 5

Real wins two

Liverpool wins three

Draws

Real goals four

Liverpool goals 6

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Sadio Mane: No bad blood between me and Jurgen Klopp – Premier League 2017/2018


Liverpool forward Sadio Mane

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 14:30


Senegal star Sadio Mane has rejected claims of a feud between himself and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Teranga Lions star was visibly upset at not receiving a starting role for the Reds in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea this past weekend.

Mane eventually appeared as a substitute and was seen having a heated discussion with Klopp after the match, sparking rumours of bad blood between the pair.

But the 25-year-old has explained that the heated words were down to a misunderstanding and there is “no problem”.

“He [Klopp] asked me to play on the right side and one time I tried to ask for the ball in the number nine position,” Mane told Sky Sports.

“Mo [Salah] was on my side and the coach was shouting ‘Sadio come onto the right side’.

“After the game I told the coach it was easier if you told Mo to come in because he was close to you.

“But it was friendly, it was not because I was unhappy or something else. There was no problem, I was just communicating and explaining that to him after the game.”



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Sadio Mane – Quiet in the dressing room, but a real fighter – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (R) celebrates with teammate Sadio Mane

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 16:00


Sadio Mane’s Senegal teammate Pape Souare says the Liverpool forward is always quiet and prefers to let his feet do the talking on the field of play.

The Crystal Palace defender in the English Premier League reveals that they were always driven by the dream to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

Mane was only 10-years-old when the Lions of Teranga reached the knockout stages of the 2002 edition in Japan and South Korea.

Coach Aliou Cisse, who was part of the 2002 heroes team, will now pin his hopes on the ‘Smiling Assassin’ to carry the team’s hopes heading to Russia next year.

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“In the dressing room, he is a quiet guy but he’s a very nice guy and a good character to have around,” Souare told BBC Sport.

“Sadio is a complete player. He is very fast, has quick feet and can change direction very quickly.”

On the other hand, Liverpool fan Gareth Roberts, who is the editor of The Anfield Wrap podcast, added that the 25-year-old is a real fighter.

“One thing I like about Mane is that he’s got real fight, real character,” added Roberts.

“If the game is not going your way, you can always rely on Mane to keep going, keep plugging away, keep trying to win the match – he’s got that fighting spirit.

“While there’s been huge debate about Philippe Coutinho potentially leaving, actually Sadio Mane is arguably Liverpool’s most important player right now.”



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Sadio Mane ‘touch-and-go’ for Saints clash


Liverpool star Sadio Mane

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Staff Reporter

Saturday Nov 18, 2017. 13:00


Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Sadio Mane will undergo a late fitness test to see if he will be able to take the field against Southampton on Saturday.

The Reds welcome the Saints to Anfield in an English Premier League encounter this weekend, with Mane eager to face his former employers.

The 25-year-old, though, is a doubt for the clash despite partaking in training following a re-occurrence of a hamstring injury – picked up while on national duty with Senegal.

Mane was duly sent home early from national duty with the Teranga Lions, who booked their place at a first FIFA World Cup in 16 years.

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“Sadio, we have to wait. We will see [if he can face Southampton],” Klopp is quoted as saying at the pre-match press conference.

Mane has already missed five matches due to a hamstring issue this season.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Sadio Mane – The ‘Smiling Assassin’ could face his ex-Southampton bosses – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Aleksandr Samedov of Spartak Moscow in action against Sadio Mane (Front) of Liverpool during UEFA Champions League match Group stage Group E between Liverpool and Spartak Moscow at Otkrytie Arena in Moscow, Russia 26 September 2017. EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 16:00


As they return to their English Premier League schedule this weekend, Liverpool have welcomed back their star attacker in Senegal’s Sadio Mane.

The Senegal international forward was ruled out of the final Group C match of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against South Africa on Tuesday due to a recurring hamstring injury.

A statement from the club indicated that the 25-year-old was set to be monitored before returning to the field of play ahead of their match against Southampton at home.

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The Reds have since received a massive boost on Thursday after the ‘Smiling Assassin’ was cleared to take part in full training.

Although both the national team and the club feared the injury could have taken a while to heal, it seems Mane has shaken off the injury.

The winger was cleared to resume full training after two days of rehabilitation and is now in line to play on Saturday against his former club.



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Senegal’s Sadio Mane labels Egypt’s Mohamed Salah an incredible player – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (R) celebrates with teammate Sadio Mane

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 15, 2017. 18:00


Senegalese and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane says he enjoys playing alongside his Egyptian teammate Mohamed Salah in the English Premier League.

The Reds player says he expects more to come from the Pharaohs international as they continue to terrorise defenders in the EPL.

Salah, who joined the Premier League team from Serie A side AS Roma during the summer transfer window, has adapted quickly to life at Anfield Stadium under manager Jurgen Klopp.

He has netted 12 goals in just 17 games with the Reds in all competitions and the Lions of Teranga international has labelled him as incredible.

“Mo is a great lad and an incredible player,” Mane told Goal.com.

“It is good that he has settled in so easily and there is so much more still to come from him. We get on well and I enjoy playing with him, but that’s the same with everyone. We have a very exciting team and we all want to help the club be successful.

“It doesn’t matter to me which position I have to be in because I have played in all the attacking roles – right, left, as the No.10, second striker and No.9,” the 25-year-old adds.

“My job is the same wherever I am on the pitch – I have to always be an option, to be aggressive and direct, to be a defender too and to help us play quicker.”



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Sadio Mane out of the dead rubber clash against South Africa in Dakar – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Sadio Mane of Senegal celebrates a goal with teammates during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers football match between South Africa and Senegal at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 10 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 17:30

After helping the Lions of Teranga book a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Friday against South Africa, Senegal will be without their star Sadio Mane on Tuesday night.

Coach Aliou Cisse will lead his troops for the second time against Bafana Bafana at home and will miss the services of the Liverpool forward.

Mane is out due to a recurring injury which he suffered in October against Cape Verde, and reports indicate that he has gone back to Anfield for further assessment.

The 25-year-old Reds player starred for the West Africans at the Peter Mokaba Stadium as they beat their hosts 2-0 to secure their return to the global showpiece since 2002.

“The Senegalese Football Federation informs the national and international opinion that, following the match South Africa against Senegal on Friday, November 10, 2017, in Polokwane, the player Sadio Mane was slightly felt (sic) from his old injury,” reads a statement from SFF.

“After consultations between the medical staff of the national team of Senegal and Liverpool, it was decided by mutual agreement to make it available to his club to continue treatment until full recovery.”

The Lions have 11 points from five matches – they drew two, won three and will want to beat Stuart Baxter’s men for the second time in Dakar.



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Sadio Mané: We want to make Africa proud – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Sadio Mane of Senegal celebrates a goal with teammates during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers football match between South Africa and Senegal at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 10 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Nov 11, 2017. 14:14


Senegal ace Sadio Mané has revealed that there was a lot of pressure on him to perform for the Teranga Lions leading into their clash against South Africa in Polokwane.

The Liverpool attacker rose to the occasion setting up both goals for the West African’s in a 2-0 win. Victory securing their sport at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia – a return to the world stage for the first time in 16 years.

“It was not an easy game for us, but we kept on wishing and believing and in the end of the day I think we deserved it,” Mané told SuperSport in reflection of their win at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

“Honestly it was not easy for me as there was a lot of pressure, but that is normal for any player. You just have to believe in yourself and in your own quality, work hard every time and things will go your way.

“We worked together as a team, we continued to push. This is a great achievement for all the players.

Moreover, the 25-year-old explained that they hope to do the whole African continent proud in Russia next year.

“This is for all Africa, we want to go there and make Africa proud,” the Liverpool attacker concluded.



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Sadio Mane – Will South Africa contain him? – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 10, 2017. 16:00


Following the decision by FIFA to order a replay of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal, all eyes will be on the Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane.

The Lions of Teranga are in South Africa, Polokwane in an aim to avoid a defeat at the hands of their hosts on Friday night.

Coach Aliou Cisse is a relieved man when it comes to player’s availability after Mane was doubtful for the clash since suffering an injury in their previous clash against Cape Verde.

However, with the 25-year-old set to lead the West Africans’ attack against a desperate Bafana under the guidance of Stuart Baxter, is it too much say he will carry the team on his shoulders after coming from an injury?

Without a doubt Mane is one of the most talented players in the squad, but some have questioned his quality when donning the national team jersey.

An argument is that when at Anfield Stadium, the former Red Bull Salzburg player becomes a different figure and shows a high degree of aggression, quality and an eye for goal.

Although Mane has featured in 100 matches for the Reds since 2016 in all competitions and netted 37 goals whilst producing 19 assists, he has 13 goals in 45 matches for the Lions (since 2014) – this means he doesn’t score regularly for the country.

“We are not worried about Mané, he is a good player yes, make no mistake but if we are to listen to what we hear of him then we are a beaten team. But that is not how football works. We respect him, yes but we won’t give him any special treatment,” Baxter said.

When Senegal lost 2-1 at the same venue last year, Mane was part of the team.

This now gives a hint that Mane and his teamamtes can also lose on Friday night, but the man who is known as the ‘Smiling Assassin’ has to produce his magic and revive their hopes of reaching Russia.

Mane is definitely the man Senegal will hope to see rising to the occasion and make it happen for the country, for his family and his supporters worldwide, but will Bafana be able to contain him should he bring his A game?



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Sadio Mane looking forward to World Cup qualifying test against South Africa – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Sadio Mane of Senegal celebrates a goal Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 06, 2017. 17:30


Senegal and Liverpool star, Sadio Mane has expressed happiness after making his comeback for the Reds in the English Premier League last weekend.

Mane also said he is ready to face South Africa in their upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier away on November 10 and and at home four days later.

The 25-year-old suffered a hamstring injury while playing for the Lions of Teranga on October 7 and only made his return in Liverpool‘s 4-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday.

Although Senegal lost 2-1 to Bafana Bafana last year, FIFA ordered the match to be replayed after finding Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey guilty of match manipulation.

Coach Aliou Cisse and his troops now need two points from their remaining two qualifying matches to secure a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia.

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“I am very happy to be back because it was not easy,” Mane told BBC Sport.

“There’s no excuse for me now – I was injured but I was always working hard.”

“It’s going to be tough because we know how South Africa is, even when they are not in good form.

“We respect them but we also know we have quality and we have a great team and I think we can do it.

“Everybody knows what it means for the country – especially the fans – and I think it will be a dream for us and hopefully God will help us to qualify.

“Every player would love to play until the end of the season without injury. It’s part of football so we accept it and move forward.”



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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Sadio Mane – Is Senegal relying too much on him? – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho celebrate a goal for Liverpool

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 16:00


Manager Jurgen Klopp is feeling the heat at Liverpool as they are struggling following the absence of Senegal star Sadio Mane’s injury.

The Lions of Teranga attacker sustained a hamstring injury as he was part of the squad participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Cape Verde earlier this month.

Mane suffered a hamstring strain and remains doubtful for the two upcoming games against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana on November 10 and 14.

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However, coach Aliou Cisse has released his squad for the two back to back clashes and has included the Reds hitman.

Cisse knows the role the of the 25-year-old and the impact he brings to the squad, but will it be beneficial or risky to use him against the 1996 African champions?

The West Africans are under pressure to clinch a spot at the global showpiece in Russia and Mane is one of their key players to ensure that dream becomes a reality.

Now a question will come up from many football pundits, is Cisse relying too much on Mane? Because using him whilst nursing an injury could have serious consequences on his career.

On the other hand, some in the South African football circles have rejoiced over Mane’s injury and even said it is a blessing in disguise.

The match is fast approaching, but does this mean Bafana must be concerned with his inclusion in the squad for the two duels?



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Sadio Mane will be fit for South African showdown – Senegal coach – Premier League 2017/2018


Ferjani Sassi of Tunisia challenges Sadio Mane of Senegal during the Afcon Group B match between Tunisia and Senegal on the 15 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Friday Oct 20, 2017. 15:00


Senegal head coach ,Aliou Cisse, is more than confident that Liverpool star Sadio Mane will be fit for the country’s back-to-back 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against South Africa next month.

According to reports, Mane has been included in the Lions of Teranga’s squad for the double-header against Bafana Bafana, despite the Liverpool attacker currently nursing a hamstring injury.

“In my mind there’s no doubt he will be with us for the double header against South Africa and that he will be 100% fit,”Cisse is quoted as saying.

“Until now, he has just been doing some individual training – running in straight lines – but from next week, he is going to train harder and start working with the ball.”

It is unclear when the 25-year-old is set to return to action with the Reds initialing predicting that he will spend up to six weeks on the sidelines.

The former Southampton winger picked up said injury in Senegal’s 2-0 win over Cape Verde in Praia earlier this month, as the West African’s moved top of Group D.

Senegal, who are aiming to qualify for he World Cup for only the second time, face South Africa in Polokwane before the reverse fixture in Dakar a few days later.

Cisse captained Senegal to a quarterfinal place at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea/Japan.



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Senegal include Liverpool star Sadio Mane for South Africa clash – Premier League 2017/2018


Sadio Mane of Senegal Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 19, 2017. 13:30


Senegal have announce their squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against South Africa and they have included the injured Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.

Mane has been included despite his existing hamstring strain after he was douubtful for the home and away games against Bafana Bafana on November 10 and 14 respectively.

Liverpool said the forward could be out for up to six weeks on October 10 after he damaged his hamstring in their 2-0 win over Cape Verde in Praia.

“In my mind there’s no doubt he will be with us for the double header against South Africa and that he will be 100% fit,” said Senegal coach Aliou Cisse to BBC.

“Until now, he has just been doing some individual training – running in straight lines – but from next week, he is going to train harder and start working with the ball.”

Cisse’s men need two points from their remaining two qualifiers to ensure their passage to next year’s finals in Russia.

The Lions of Teranga initially lost 2-1 to Stuart Baxter’s men in Polokwane last year, but FIFA ordered a replay after finding Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey guilty of match manipulation.

The replayed game will take place in South Africa on 10 November, with Dakar set to host the final qualifier four days later.



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Losing Sadio Mane worse than being without Coutinho – Robbie Savage – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho celebrate a goal for Liverpool

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 14:00


English football pundit Robbie Savage believes losing Senegal star Sadio Mane to injury for a lengthy period is a bigger blow to Liverpool than if they had sold Philippe Coutinho.

Mane has already missed three domestic matches due to the ban he picked up for his controversial sending off against Manchester City last month, and he is currently sidelined until at least late November after returning from international duty with a serious hamstring injury.

The Teranga Lions forward enjoyed a fine debut campaign with the Reds in 2016/17, ending with 13 goals despite missing two large portions of the season due to injury and the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

And Savage believes that losing Mane is a bigger blow to Liverpool than if Coutinho had completed a transfer to Spanish giants Barcelona – a move which is expected to be revived in either January or at the end of the current season.

“I fear it will hurt [manager Jurgen] Klopp to lose Mane for six weeks even more than if he had lost Coutinho to Barcelona during that transfer tug-of-war in August,” Savage told The Mirror.

“When Coutinho was out injured before Christmas last season, Liverpool stayed in the title race – but when Mane went to the African Cup of Nations in the New Year, their season fell apart.

“They were knocked out of both domestic cups by Wolves and Southampton, lost at home to struggling Swansea in the league, lost at Hull and dropped points at rock-bottom Sunderland.

“For me, Mane is as important to Liverpool as Harry Kane is to Tottenham. That’s the measure of his influence.

“In his absence, Liverpool will need to be ruthless and take their chances. To date, United have scored 21 goals from 121 attempts, while Liverpool have scored 13 from 137 shots.”



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We can cope without Sadio Mane – Liverpool manager – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Liverpool forward Sadio Mane

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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Oct 15, 2017. 09:00


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists that his side can cope with the absence of Senegal star Sadio Mane.

The Teranga Lions attacker, who has already missed three domestic matches through suspension, is set to be out of action for five to six weeks after returning from international duty with a hamstring injury.

Liverpool were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Manchester United on Saturday, another frustrating result for Klopp’s team.

Whether Mane would have given the Reds an extra attacking edge is up for debate, but he certainly would have been a good option for Klopp to have up his sleeve.

Yet the German manager refuses to acknowledge that Mane’s absence is something which will have an adverse affect on his team going forward.

“Obviously we can still play football without Sadio as we have had to do this in the past – much more than we would have wanted,” explained Klopp.

“He is the highest-quality player and was very unlucky with injury. A lot of players in this international break from different teams had injuries – it is a big problem with change of training, different rhythm. That is always a problem and you hope nothing will happen.

“On this occasion it was Sadio but no-one else. We can play without him even if we would love to have him in the line-up.”



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Liverpool’s Sadio Mane sidelined for six weeks – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Sadio Mane celebrates for Liverpool against Everton

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 11, 2017. 10:00


Liverpool’s Senegalese attacker Sadio Mane has been sidelined for six weeks after being injured while on international duty.

The 25-year-old picked up a hamstring injury while playing for the Teranga Lions in their 2-0 win over Cape Verde in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers last weekend.

Mane’s first match on the sidelines will be the Reds’ Premier League clash with hated rivals Manchester United on Saturday.

The Senegalese has already missed three league matches this season following his controversial red card against Manchester City last month.

Mane will be a big miss for manager Jurgen Klopp, with the attacker having scored three goals in just five EPL matches this season.



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Ballon d’Or: Sadio Mane included in 30 nominees – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Liverpool forward Sadio Mane

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 10, 2017. 11:00


The 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d’Or includes the name of Liverpool and Senegal attacker Sadio Mane.

The Teranga Lions player is one of two Africans on the list, the other being Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Mane enjoyed a great debut season for Liverpool in 2016/17 and has been even more impressive thus far in the 2017/18 season, forming a deadly attacking triumvirate with Egyptian Mohamed Salah and Brazilian Roberto Firmino.

He has also helped Senegal reach a position of strength in their 2018 World Cup qualifying group.

The award, formerly known as the World Player of the Year, has been passed between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the past 10 years and is likely to be handed one of the two again in 2017.

Ballon d’Or Nominees, 2017:

Neymar Jr. (PSG), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Marcelo (Real Madrid), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Kevin de Bruyne (Man City), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), David de Gea (Man United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Edin Dzeko (AS Roma), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Edinson Cavani (PSG), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan), Isco (Real Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (PSG)



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Sadio Mane takes to Instagram to apologise to Ederson – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Liverpool star Sadio Mane

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 13:00


Senegal and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has taken to Instagram to post a heartfelt apology to Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson.

The Teranga Lions player collided with the ‘keeper in challenging for a 50-50 ball and accidentally kicked him in the face in a Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Mane clearly had no intention to hurt the City gloves-man, but was nonetheless shown a straight red card.

His dismissal proved to be the turning point in the match, with the Citizens taking advantage of their numerical superiority to claim a resounding 5-0 win.

Despite his frustration at being sent off, Mane took the time to post the following apology to Ederson on his Instagram account.

“I hope and wish Ederson a quick recovery,” Mane wrote.

“I am so sorry he was hurt during our accidental collision on the pitch and am sorry for him that he could not complete the match because of it.

“I pray he heals fast and is back playing very soon because he is highest quality player.”



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Neville & Henry – Sadio Mane’s didn’t deserve a red card – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 13:00


Senegal’s Sadio Mane did not deserve to be sent off in Liverpool’s heavy loss at the hands of Manchester City on Saturday, according to Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Thierry Henry.

The Teranga Lions attacker was shown a straight red card by referee Jon Moss after colliding with City goalkeeper Ederson in a 50-50 battle for the ball.

Moss took issue with Mane’s raised foot, which appeared to catch the Brazilian ‘keeper in the face. The Reds player was sent off, while the City man left the pitch on a stretcher.

It proved to be a crucial turning point in the match, with Pep Guardiola’s team going on to claim an emphatic 5-0 victory.

“It’s one of those I don’t think he needed to give a red card, it wasn’t expected and I think he’s got it wrong,” Neville said in his role as an analyst for Sky Sports.

“How many times this season do you see a foot high, when a player goes with their head and the player gets there first and the foot goes into the chest.

“’You very rarely see a red card for it, you might get a yellow.”

Henry added: “I think I would have gone for it, it’s an unfortunate 50/50 for the goalkeeper.

“The referee saw the player down and that played on his mind, sometimes it can play on your mind. The goalkeeper had to go for it, the player had to go for it and if that happened in midfield it wouldn’t have been a red.

“Did he give a red straight away or did he wait and see what happened with the goalkeeper?”

Neville continued: “Let’s not be clouded by the fact he’s going to be stretchered off, that’s unfortunately part of the game, players clatter into each other.”

However, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher disagreed with Neville.

“It’s a red card. I didn’t initially think it was, I thought there was a coming together in a 50/50,” he explained.

“People will say ‘he had his eyes on the ball’ but that doesn’t matter. Sadio Mane hasn’t tried to do him but if you don’t get there and your boot is that high you get a red card for excessive force.

“I took some convincing and I didn’t think so on first viewing, but John Moss got it right. It was difficult for Mane, the ball was there and he had to go for it but he’s suffered the consequences.”



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Sadio Mane ranked fourth fastest in the Premier League – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Sadio Mane playing for Liverpool against rumoured off-season suitors Tottenham

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 07, 2017. 13:00


Liverpool’s Senegalese forward Sadio Mane is ranked as one of the quickest sprinters in England’s Premier League this season.

The Teranga Lions man has caught the eye with his goal-scoring antics for the Reds, and he also has the reputation of being a speed merchant.

New stats released by Opta reveal that Mane has clocked the fourth-highest sprint speed in the EPL so far this season, topping out at an impressive 34.84 km/h.

The list of the 10 fastest players is topped by Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker, with a sprint of 35.16 km/h.

Mane is the only African in the top 10 – it is a surprise that his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah is not listed, though the Egyptian is still settling into life at Anfield.

The top 10 fastest Premier League players, 2017/18:

1. Kyle Walker (Man City), 35.16 km/h

2. Kiko Femenia (Watford), 35.12 km/h

3. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), 35.11 km/h

4. Sadio Mane (Liverpool), 34.84 km/h

5. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), 34.79 km/h

6. Josh King (Bournemouth), 34.7 km/h

7. Paul Pogba (Man United), 34.68 km/h

8. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), 34.62 km/h

9. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), 34.56 km/h

10. Romelu Lukaku (Man United), 34.56 km/h



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Sadio Mane couldn’t explain himself, says Jurgen Klopp – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Sadio Mane celebrates against Tottenham

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jun 06, 2017. 14:00


Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp says Sadio Mane’s handball against Sunderland AFC changed everything.

The German coach was reflecting on the recent 2016/17 campaign which saw the Reds finish fourth on the English Premier League standings.

“It’s unbelievable when you think at the end of the year, Manchester City, what a game [from] both sides,” Klopp told the club’s official website.

“Running, good football, defending together, tactically good – what a commercial for football. Only one goal, but a commercial for football.

Senegal international Mane conceded a penalty as Liverpool drew 2-2 with Sunderland in January 2017. The forward also netted for the Reds in the 72nd minute at the Stadium of Light.

“Two days later, it felt like another kind of sport. Going to Sunderland, two penalties for them, a handball of Sadio – it was handball but nobody, Sadio included, could explain why he did it,” he added.

“In this moment, this club and this city maybe, we have to learn to take moments like this like they are. Don’t make them bigger.

“[At Liverpool], we are like, if you win against Manchester City the world could not be nicer, you draw at Sunderland and everything is terrible and that’s the start of something bad,” he continued.

“Yes, it was not good, [but] we missed players, players came back who were not in shape, we all know.”

Mane, who had joined the Reds from Southampton FC in June 2017, netted 13 goals from 27 league appearances in his first season with the English giants.



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I have been learning a lot from Jurgen Klopp, says Sadio Mane – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday May 12, 2017. 16:00


Liverpool FC forward Sadio Mane is ecstatic after winning the club’s 2016/17 Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season accolades.

The LFC Players’ Awards took place earlier this week as the English Premier League (EPL) giants rewarded their best players from the current campaign.

The Senegal international, who scored 13 goals in 29 league games, is currently nursing an injury which he sustained against Everton FC last month.

“It is a big honour for me to win these trophies, especially with all of the great players in the dressing room,” Mane told the club’s official website.

“I want to thank everybody, all the fans who have voted for me, and I’m very happy.

“[The Players’ Player of the Season award] means so much for me because it is the players in the dressing room who voted for me,” he continued

“And I want to thank them. I have been learning a lot from the manager (Jurgen Klopp), the coaches and my teammates. That’s been the key.”

The speedy forward is expected to be fit and available for the 2017/18 English Premier League (EPL) campaign.



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