Sadio Mane offers update on Liverpool future after Real Madrid link

Mane insists his immediate future remains with Liverpool.(Picture: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)Liverpool forward Sadio Mane insists he remains happy at Anfield but has refused to rule out a move to Real Madrid in the future.

Mane has been an instrumental figure on Merseyside since his arrival from Southampton in 2016, helping fire the club to the Champions League final and a fourth place Premier League finish alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino last season.

Earlier this month, France Football claimed Real Madrid had a deal in place to bring the Senegal international to the Santiago Bernabeu, only for Zinedine Zidane’s shock departure to leave the reported move in doubt.

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Speaking to Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten, Mane was quizzed on the recent report but played down talk of a move to the side that denied the Reds a sixth European title last month.

‘I am very happy in Liverpool and my contract will last for three more years,’ Mane said, before adding cryptically: ‘As I said, I am happy in Liverpool. But you never know what will happen in the future.’

France Football claimed Zidane had a key role to play in Real placing Mane atop their list of summer transfer targets but added the move could still happen once the club named a new manager.

Zidane reportedly gave a move for Mane his blessing before leaving Real (Picture: AP)Real have moved quickly to appoint a successor and announced on Tuesday Julen Lopategui will succeed the Frenchman, a development which has cost him his job as Spain manager just two days before La Roja begin their World Cup campaign against Portugal.

Senegal meanwhile begin their campaign in Russia against Poland on Tuesday 19 June with the issue of Mane’s club future like to be put to bed for the time being.

Mane struck 20 goals and laid on nine assists in all competitions last season and enters the World Cup as the undisputed star of the Senegalese team who will be hopeful of qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition. While much is expected of him, the Liverpool forward says he is not feeling the pressure.

‘I feel no pressure. To be honest. I am very happy to play this tournament together with my team. I also do not see myself as a superstar, but as part of a team that wants to achieve a lot in the World Cup.’

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Liverpool interested in signing Nigeria ace Moses Simon to support Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane

Liverpool have expressed interest in signing Moses Simon (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are interested in striking a deal with Gent to sign Nigeria international Moses Simon during the summer transfer window, reports say.

Scouts from Anfield kept tabs on Simon, 22, throughout the 2017-18 campaign as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his attacking options after a fine season.

The Reds finished fourth in the Premier League while making a huge impact in Europe, reaching the Champions League final before suffering defeat to Real Madrid.

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Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane combined to score over 90 goals during the season but Klopp is determined to sign a top-class winger to provide competition and cover.

Goal say Gent’s Simon has emerged as a top target, with Liverpool considering launching a £10million offer to bring the Nigerian to Merseyside.

Simon, who has played over 100 games for Gent since signing from Slovak outfit Trencin in 2014, is set to enter the final year of his contract and could be open to a move.

Jurgen Klopp is keen to sign a player to support Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane (Picture: Getty)The player operated primarily from the left this season but is versatile and can also play down the right. He was left out of Nigeria’s World Cup squad because of a hip injury.

At the end of last month, Liverpool completed a deal for Brazilian midfielder Fabinho. He signed a long-term contract at Anfield after leaving AS Monaco.

Liverpool brand Sadio Mane’s transfer links to Real Madrid ‘nonsense’

Sadio Mane has been linked with a switch to Spain (Picture: Getty)Liverpool have rubbished reports Sadio Mane has agreed personal terms to join Real Madrid this summer.

Mane was linked with a shock move to Madrid by France Football, who claim the Senegal international was awaiting the greenlight from the new Real manager.

The agreement was reached before Zinedine Zidane decided to quit as head coach and Real have now shelved their pursuit of Mane until after a new manager is installed.

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Mane is a pivotal member of Liverpool’s team and helped the Reds reach the Champions League final this season, where they met Real.

The attacker was also the sole Liverpool player to score in the final, and was the Reds’s stand-out performer after Mohamed Salah left the pitch injured.

Liverpool have now replied to pleas for comment by the English press, branding the links as ‘nonsense’.

Mane has reportedly come to an agreement with Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)

(Picture: Getty)The Mirror claim Liverpool have no intention of selling Mane and will not allow the forward to exit the club under any circumstance this summer.

Liverpool also insist there is no truth to the rumours Mane wants to join Real and has already come to terms with the La Liga giants.

Jurgen Klopp would be devastated to lose Mane to Spain, after watching the speedster enjoy an excellent season for the Reds.

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(Picture: Getty)Mane bagged 20 goals in 44 appearances and also laid on nine assists for his team-mates.

It was the 26-year-old’s best season in England to date as Mane flourished alongside Roberto Firmino and Salah.

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Sadio Mane reaches agreement to join Real Madrid from Liverpool

Sadio Mane has reportedly reached an agreement with Real Madrid. (Getty Images)Sadio Mane has reached an agreement to join Real Madrid from Liverpool, according to reports in France.

The 26-year-old has played a pivotal role in Jurgen Klopp’s attack alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, scoring 20 goals in the Premier League and Champions League this season.

According to France Football, Mane is close to joining Real Madrid after agreeing terms with the Champions League holders.

But the Senegal international’s move to the Santiago Bernabeu is now in doubt due to Zinedine Zidane’s departure last week.

Mane was lined up to become Madrid’s first marquee arrival this summer but Zidane’s decision to step down as manager has complicated the deal.

Mane scored Liverpool’s equaliser against Real Madrid in the Champions League final. (PA Wire)

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France Football report that Zidane had a large input in Madrid’s decision to push for Mane but following his exit, the transfer is on hold until a new manager is in place.

The report also claims that Madrid have not yet agreed a transfer fee with Liverpool.

Madrid’s decision to press on with their efforts to sign Mane now depends on the opinion of the new manager they appoint to replace Zidane.

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Allez, Allez, Allez song lyrics: The words to Liverpool’s crowd chant

‘We’ve conquered all of Europe.

‘We’re never gonna stop.

‘From Paris down to Turkey.

‘We’ve won the f***ing lot.

‘Bob Paisley and Bill Shankly.

‘The fields of Anfield Road.

‘We are loyal supporters.

‘And we come from Liverpool.

‘Allez, Allez, Allez.’

Sadio Mane talks up Nabil Fekir after Liverpool reportedly agree £62m deal with Lyon

The Senegalese forward is excited about the prospect of playing with Fekir (Picture: Getty)Sadio Mane has talked up the prospect of Liverpool signing Lyon star Nabil Fekir and says the Frenchman will bring ‘fire’ to the Reds’ attack.

Reports emerged on Sunday that Liverpool had agreed a £62million deal with Lyon to sign skipper Fekir, though subsequently both the French side and Jurgen Klopp have played down the rumours.

Nevertheless, that has not stopped fans – or, indeed, players – from getting excited, and Mane would welcome the arrival of Fekir should Liverpool lure the Frenchman to Anfield.

Multiple reports in France claim Liverpool have won the race for Fekir (Picture: Getty)Speaking after Liverpool’s defeat to Chelsea, the Senegal international told SFR Sport: ‘Nabil is a very exciting player.

‘He could do beautiful things here and he will enjoy his time with us. We always need players like him and if he joins us it will be fire.’

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Fekir leads Lyon’s scoring charts this season with 17 goals, while he has also laid on a further seven assists, and has reportedly agreed a five-year deal with Liverpool.

Klopp, though, was rather less forthcoming than Mane when asked about both Fekir and another rumoured target, Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele.

‘During the game we agreed a deal? I would be surprised about that to be honest,’ the German told reporters at his post-match press conference.

‘But no comment. What was the second name? Oh! [Dembele] is on the market? Is he on the market? Now I am interested!

‘No, nothing [to say]. Obviously you are not from Liverpool. I never comment on transfer rumours. I’ve said already much more than I usually say.’

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Sadio Mane fires warning at Real Madrid after Liverpool reach Champions League final

Sadio Mane says Liverpool can beat ‘any team in the world’ (Picture: Getty)Sadio Mane has issued a warning to Real Madrid by insisting Liverpool are capable of beating ‘any team in the world’.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will face Real in the Champions League final later in the month after they secured a 7-6 aggregate victory over Roma.

The Reds lost 4-2 in the second leg but still progressed to the final, which will take place in Kiev on May 26.

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Real Madrid reached a third successive Champions League final with a narrow victory over Bayern Munich and are the favourites to win the competition again.

But Mane is confident Liverpool can cause an upset and said: ‘If you have Real to face you have to think about them – they are one of the best teams in the world.

‘We are Liverpool, we are strong and we can beat any team in the world. We are going to do our best to go and win the final.’

Liverpool reached the Champions League final with victory over Roma (Picture: AP)While Liverpool’s focus is now on the Champions League final, they cannot afford to drop their domestic ambitions with fifth-placed Chelsea winning their last three games.

A victory over the Blues on Sunday would secure a top-four finish before the final weekend of the season.

‘I think it will be a little early to speak about the final because we have two more important games in the season,’ Mane added.

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‘Chelsea and next week Brighton – we have to win them to stay in the top four.’

Andrew Roberton, who has impressed for Liverpool since signing from Hull City last summer, is equally confident that the Reds can trouble ‘favourites’ Real Madrid.

‘Real Madrid have dominated this tournament for the last couple of years especially, have manged to get their hands on the trophy and will be favourites – probably rightly so,’ he said.

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‘No doubt bookies and punters will put them as favourites but we have been underdogs before and we can be quite dangerous at that.

‘There’s only two [teams] left in the tournament so we believe we can go on and win it. Hopefully it turns out that way.’

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Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane break Champions League record held by Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have made Champions League history. (Giuseppe Maffia/UK Sports Pics)Liverpool have reached the Champions League final while Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have overtaken Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to become the competition’s highest-scoring trio in history.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were beaten 4-2 by Roma on Wednesday evening but have progressed to the final against Real Madrid with a 7-6 aggregate victory.

Mane opened the scoring for Liverpool in the ninth minute and the Senegal international’s goal secured his place in the Champions League record books.

Real Madrid’s attacking trio of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema scored 28 goals between them in the 2013-14 Champions League season.

But Liverpool’s trident of Salah, Mane and Firmino have overtaken that this term by scoring 29 goals between them so far, including the qualifying stages.

Sadio Mane scored the opener against Rome. (EPA)

Mane, Firmino and Salah have scored 29 goals in the Champions League this season. (Getty Images)

Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo scored 28 Champions League goals in 2013-14. (Getty Images)

BEST CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TRIOS

Salah-Firmino-Mane | Liverpool 2017-18 | Goals: 29Ronaldo-Bale-Benzema | Real Madrid 2013-14 | Goals: 28Messi-Neymar-Suarez | Barcelona 2014 -15 | Goals: 27 

Liverpool’s trio now have the chance to extend their record even further by scoring against Madrid in Kiev later this month.

Barcelona’s attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez did come close to breaking the record held by Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema by scoring 27 goals in the 2014-15 season.

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Liverpool trio Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold fit for Roma clash

Sadio Mane trained on Tuesday (Picture: Reuters)Liverpool expect to be able to call on Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold against Roma tonight.

The Reds trio have all been nursing injuries and Mane was forced to sit out the weekend Premier League fixture against Stoke.

Liverpool have a three-goal lead heading into the second leg of the Champions League semi-final and will be boosted by Mane’s recovery.

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An away goal would surely kill all hope of a Roma comeback and Klopp confirmed only defender Joe Gomez was unavailable after the weekend game.

‘Apart from the long-term injuries, only Joe [Gomez] is not here,’ Klopp said.

‘He had a little bit of a setback in the early stages of the last game. He came through somehow, to be honest, but after the game the injury was still there so we’ve left him at home.

Jordan Henderson picked up a knock against Stoke (Picture: Reuters)

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‘It’s only a little setback for Joe, but we have to see how long he will be out for. I don’t know at the moment.

‘Apart from that, I think we are pretty complete. We have 20 players plus three goalkeepers, but a lot of kids are involved and Adam Lallana is here, too.’

Mane, Alexander-Arnold and Henderson all trained on Tuesday in Italy and are expected to start the game against Roma, while left-back Alberto Moreno is also fit.

Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures

Roma – Champions League (A) – Wed May 2Chelsea (A) – Sun May 6Brighton (H) – Sun May 13

Trent Alexander-Arnold has shaken off a minor issue (Picture: Reuters)

(Picture: Reuters)Henderson’s fitness is a relief for Klopp after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a season-ending knee injury last week.

The injury left Liverpool light in midfield as Emre Can is also out, but playmaker Adam Lallana took part in training as he continues to rebuild his fitness after a long spell on the sidelines.

Midfielders Can and Oxlade-Chamberlain join centre-back Joel Matip on the long-term injury list.

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Jurgen Klopp says Andy Robertson & Sadio Mane are struggling ahead of Roma clash

The Scottish defender has not trained since Tuesday’s win over Roma at Anfield (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Andy Robertson was left on the bench for Liverpool’s goalless draw with Stoke City because he has not been able to train since facing Roma.

The Liverpool manager made four changes for Saturday’s Premier League encounter, with Robertson an unused substitute and Sadio Mane not even in the squad due to a thigh problem.

Klopp’s squad has been hit by a string of injuries, notably Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midweek, but he appears optimistic that Robertson and Mane will be back for the trip to Rome.

Liverpool’s play lacked some of the energy and tempo of Tuesday’s thriller against Roma (Getty)He told Sky Sports: ‘We are not in the most comfortable decision, squad wise.

‘We had Andy Robertson couldn’t train in the last few days, we tested today before the game and he was ready for the bench.

Mane was not in the squad as he nurses a thigh injury picked up against Roma (Picture: Getty)‘Could have played, then. But we made that decision today, he gave the green light today.

‘Sadio couldn’t, the other boys played, so far I’ve heard nothing serious happened.’

In his post-match press conference, he added on Mane: ‘Sadio did not play but he will be fine for Wednesday.’

Klopp also revealed that Trent Alexander-Arnold was withdrawn with a dead leg, though should be fine for Liverpool’s Champions League tie on Wednesday, while Jordan Henderson was able to finish the match against Stoke despite a knock.

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