In Sadio Mane news the Senegalese international believes Liverpool are capable of beating ‘any team in the world’ ahead of their Premier League clash with Manchester United on Saturday.
The Reds will head to Old Trafford in confident mood after losing only two of their last 27 matches across all competitions, while they eased their way through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after defeating Porto 5-0 on aggregate.
Perhaps the most eye-catching victory during their impressive run was their 4-3 triumph over runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City in January – a result that saw them become the only club to beat the champions-elect in the league this season.
It is, therefore, no surprise that confidence is high within the Liverpool squad and Mane sees no reason why his side cannot secure another impressive victory against United this weekend.
“It will not be easy but I’ve always said we can beat any team in the world,” said Mane. “Honestly, they (Manchester United) are one of the best teams in England, of course in the world also, but we are as well.”
There is certainly a lot resting on the game, as just two points separate the two teams in the standings, with United currently sitting in second position, while both sides will also be looking to boost their chances of securing a top-four finish come the end of the campaign.
The Red Devils also hold the better head-to-head record against Liverpool in recent seasons, as they have only lost one of the last nine meetings between the two sides, with the Merseysiders’ last victory at Old Trafford coming four years ago this very month.
The corresponding fixture last season finished 1-1, but Mane missed that match through injury so this will be his first visit to Old Trafford as a Liverpool player.
Mane has formed a formidable attacking line alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino so far this season, as the trio have netted a combined total of 45 goals and it would be no surprise to see those players combine to good affect once again on Saturday.