Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has admitted he only recently found out the Premier League winners receive a medal.
Jurgen Klopp’s men, who remain unbeaten this season, are on the cusp of ending a 30-year championship wait at Anfield.
Mane’s season in numbers (Liverpool rank): Five key things to know…
- PL appearances: 24 (=4th)
- PL goals: 13 (2nd)
- PL chances created: 39 (4th)
- PL dribbles completed: 44 (1st)
- PL successful passes: 600 (9th)
Key behind their success has once again been an irresistible forward line featuring Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Mane who between them are responsible for 58% of Liverpool’s league goals.
Salah currently leads the way on 15 goals with Mane – who recently came back from a hamstring injury – just two behind and the 27-year-old Senegalese forward heads into matchday 28 having scored in each of his last two league appearances.
Since the beginning of last season, Mane has gone from being a supporting act to arguably the Reds most consistent, dangerous attacker. Salah has bounced back this term, however, meaning there’s no danger of an intra-team rivalry subsiding.
As far as Mane is concerned the team comes first, which he reaffirmed when discussing their soon-to-be coronation and during that conversation with the BBC World Service there was a surprise revelation.
“I heard yesterday that if we win the league, we will have a medal,” he said.
“I never knew that happened, but I don’t care about medals.”
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“Easy? Oh, I wish,” he added when asked about their domestic dominance.
“We know the Premier League is the best league in the world and every single game you have to give 100% if you want to win.
“It’s what we always try and I think it’s working very well but we have to keep working hard to get what we want.
“Our target from the beginning was to win the league, so if we win it, it will be great for the club and for the fans.”