Sadio Mane wants to “enjoy every moment” as Liverpool bid for an unprecedented quadruple despite speculation surrounding his future.
Mane joined Liverpool in 2016 and has gone on to become one of Europe’s most dangerous forwards under Jurgen Klopp.
After a dip in form in 2020-21, Mane has scored 15 Premier League goals from 33 appearances this season, leaving him joint-fourth on the top scorers’ list in the competition alongside team-mate Diogo Jota.
Indeed, three of the top five scorers in the competition this season are Liverpool players, with Mohamed Salah (22) leading the way ahead of Tottenham’s Son Heung-min (20) and Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo (18).
His latest effort came against Aston Villa on Tuesday, as Liverpool came from behind to beat Steven Gerrard’s side and move level on points with leaders Manchester City, albeit having played a game more.
Mane, like Salah, is out of contract at the end of next season, however, and there has been speculation linking him with a move away before the 2022-23 campaign.
15 – Liverpool are just the second team in Premier League history to have three players reach 15+ goals in a single campaign (Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota), after Manchester City’s title winning side of 2013-14 (Yaya Touré, Sergio Agüero, Edin Dzeko). Spread. pic.twitter.com/l3f69Q8rzg
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Bayern Munich and Barcelona are mooted to hold interest in the 30-year-old, who was asked after Tuesday’s win if he had been happier at all during his time at Anfield.
“Yeah, sure, when we won the trophies I think I was [happier],” Mane, who has helped Liverpool win a league title, the Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup and this season’s EFL Cup, told Sky Sports.
“But I think I just try to enjoy every moment and try to score and assist for my team-mates.
“I think it is all about the team or nothing, the boys make it easier for me so I am obviously very happy.”
After Mane’s winner at Villa Park, Liverpool became just the second team in Premier League history to have three players score at least 15 goals in a single campaign, after Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko achieved the feat for Manchester City in 2013-14.
Speaking about Mane potentially switching Merseyside for Munich, Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher said: “When I have watched Liverpool as a fan, Sadio Mane is my favourite player.
“There is just something about Mane. He’s sacrificed himself at times and the shift he puts in.
“He, along with Salah, has been doing that for five years, they are never injured! They are there week in, week out for 90 minutes, getting the numbers up there every week. What they have done for this football club is unbelievable.
“I’m a huge fan of Sadio Mane and I can assure you he will be going nowhere because I will not let him go to Bayern Munich, he’d have me to deal with!”
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