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Trent Alexander-Arnold praises Sadio Mane after AFCON triumph with Senegal


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Star Liverpool and England right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold cannot speak highly enough about fellow Reds teammate Sadio Mané in the wake of Senegal’s success at AFCON2021, and has lifted the lid on just how proud of the winger he was while watching the winter showcase unfold.

Mané played an expected vital role in securing his nation’s first-ever major international honor after dispatching Egypt 4-2 through penalties in the Cameroonian capital, successfully guiding Aliou Cisse’s Les Lions de la Téranga to success after being dubbed pre-tournament favorites as the 20th-ranked side in the world by FIFA.

And in the aftermath of the successful campaign, TAA had nothing but positive words for his club mate: “I can’t say enough good words about Sadio. He is an outstanding player but first and foremost he is an amazing human, always smiling and the connection he has with the fans, with his country and all the celebrations, it was so befitting.”

“[He is] so humble in his success and so determined every day to get better. His drive every day to become a better player and person is amazing to see first-hand. We were all proud of whoever won it, but someone had to lose at the end of the day.” Note: quotes via Anfield Watch

Jürgen Klopp backs Mané absence as Liverpool prepare for Leicester

While many Liverpool fans will have hoped that Sadio Mané will be rushed home and back into service for the Reds as they look to try to hunt down table-topping Manchester City when they clash with Leicester City at Anfield tomorrow evening, boss Jürgen Klopp is more than happy to give the Senegalese star all the time in the world to celebrate a monumental achievement before he is to return to Merseyside.

Sadio Mane will be hoping his Senegal side will outlast Mo Salah's Egypt

Senegal’s forward Sadio Mane controls the ball during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 round of 16 football match between Senegal and Cape Verde at Stade de Kouekong in Bafoussam on January 25, 2022. (Photo by Pius Utomi EKPEI / AFP) (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images)

“Sadio flies out if it’s possible on Wednesday night, so will arrive here on Thursday, but he is, of course, then not involved in the Leicester game.”

“It means the world to him, it means the world to his people, it means the world to Senegal and we respect that a lot, and we would never consider to have called back him from there or whatever – let them do what they do at the moment because they deserve it.”

“They’ve had an incredibly intense time, so when he is back we will talk to him and we will see how we can use him.”

Naturally, the January deal that saw Luis Díaz brought in from Portuguese giants FC Porto will aid in Liverpool getting on with business as usual in the league without Mané tomorrow, but there is no question on his place in the team once he is back and ready to resume his club commitments.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 22 39 48
3 Chelsea FC 24 30 47
4 West Ham United 24 11 40
5 Manchester United 23 6 39
6 Arsenal FC 21 8 36
7 Tottenham Hotspur 20 2 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 0 30
10 Leicester City 20 -3 26
11 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 22 -3 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 21 -13 19
17 Newcastle United 22 -20 18
18 Norwich City 22 -32 16
19 Watford FC 22 -18 15
20 Burnley FC 20 -11 14
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6

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