Sadio Mane: Our best form is yet to come


Liverpool still have more strength to advance in the decisive months of the season, insists Sadio Mane.

The Reds are well positioned ahead of their resumption of their home campaign against Leicester City on Wednesday night with a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League and a draw in the final round of the Champions League against Bayern Munich .

J├╝rgen Klopp repeatedly highlighted the increased maturity shown by his team in this period, as a strong defensive base provided the platform for most of the positive results.

It was his attack firepower that proved the difference the last time, though; Liverpool needed four goals to get out of the Crystal Palace at Anfield.

Mane recognizes that in terms of performance there is room for improvement and hope that can perfectly match the race.

"We heard what some media said about not starting as fast and exciting as last year, and we did not think we were at our best," said number 10 to World Soccer.

"The results are there, but we know we could have done more with some of our presentations.

"We are very competitive, but we know there is more to come, certainly. In many ways, the team is stronger and we produce some very mature performances.

"I hope we can reach our best shape when it matters most."

He added: "I can not wait to raise a trophy with Liverpool. I know the fans are desperate for us to win the Premier League.

"It would be an incredible moment for the club. It's been too long for a team the size of Liverpool.

"We believe we are going in the right direction, but there are some very difficult rivals – the City was unbelievable last season and very strong again – but why not?"

The top three of Roberto Firmino, Mane and Mohamed Salah scored a combined 91 goals for Liverpool last season, the first as a joint force.

The trio were on target during the frantic 4 to 3 victory over the Palace, with Mane's effort at the end of the match being the winner at Anfield.

And the Senegalese international seems to be equally optimistic in assessing the prospect's leveling and improving their previous exploits.

"I think it happened naturally," he said of his connection. "When you have players like Bobby and Mo, they make it all easier.

"It seems we instinctively know each other's movement and I think you can see that we like to play together. We want to stay even better and score even more goals. Our best is yet to come.


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