Sadio Mane insists he’s happy to get on the scoresheet as well as being a provider in order to help Liverpool achieve their goals this season.
The 24-year-old, who arrived on Merseyside from fellow Premier League outfit Southampton in the summer, has made quite the impression under Jürgen Klopp as his impressive performances have been key to the Reds’ spectacular first-half of the campaign.
Offering pace in the wide areas, Mane has forged an excellent understanding with Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho in Klopp’s preferred attacking trio this season and with eight goals as well as four assists to his name, the forward says he’s happy to simply contribute.
“I’m always very happy to score goals and help the team,” he said, as reported by the Daily Mirror. “Providing assists for my team-mates makes me happy too because that is another aspect we work hard on in training.
“When we score a goal, it helps the team so whether I score or assist them it’s all good for what we are hoping to achieve.
“I do believe I am improving game by game. I’m working as hard as I can to get better and better so that I am able to help Liverpool.”
Mane’s first goal came on his Reds debut in the 4-3 win over Arsenal during the opening weekend of the new campaign and he popped up with another important contribution against Everton recently – his first taste of a Merseyside derby – with the winning goal deep into second half injury time.
However, the Anfield outfit will be without the services of Mane early in the new year as he’s set to represent Senegal at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and he could miss up to three actions of action depending on how far Les Lions go in Gabon.