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Sadio Mane believes Liverpool’s mental scars of last season will propel them to the Premier League title


Sadio Mane is relishing bouncing back from mental anguish (Picture: Getty Images)

Sadio Mane says the mental torture of losing out on last year’s Premier League title is spurring Liverpool onto glory this season.

The Reds had an incredible Premier League campaign last season, but missed out on the title by a single point, despite losing just one game all season.

That solitary loss to Manchester City saw them fall short of Pep Guardiola’s side, who retained their title with a whopping 98 points.

Liverpool would go on to win the Champions League, beating Tottenham in the final on 1 June, but Mane admits that the failure in the Premier League hurt the side mentally.

However, the Senegalese superstar says the squad have turned the pain into motivation and the hurt of last season is a driving force for them as they bid for a first ever Premier League title this time around.

‘If you lose the league that hurts you in the head mentally, so we always focus on the same target: we want to win something,’ said Mane.

‘We have learned from the mistake last year. That was a tough time for us and I think we have learned a lot from it.

‘I think we are better this season than last year in what we’re trying to do. It’s another adventure for us. Let’s keep working and try to keep things at the same level.

‘I think you have to sacrifice yourself at this moment when you are in our situation. You have to deal with it and keep going. We are all working hard every minute of the day to get better and better.’

Liverpool’s quest for glory looks almost certain to be a success this season as they hold a 13-point lead over second place Leicester, with a game in hand over their closest rivals.

The Reds have won 17 and drawn one of their opening 18 Premier League games this season and are on course to comfortably outstrip their points total from last campaign.

However, manager Jurgen Klopp remains dismissive of title talk which he insists is ‘not interesting’ to him.

‘The only thing that changes in the question is that the number is different,’ after Liverpool hammered Leicester 4-0 on Thursday.

‘It was 10, 11, now 13. But we actually don’t feel it, we don’t think it and we didn’t mention it once before the game because it’s just not interesting. We all know that.

Klopp and Mane are striving for success (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I can write the stories by myself. The first story is that never before in the history of British football has a team had a bigger lead and lost the lead. That sounds, in my ear, negative, so why should we think about something like that?’

The Reds host Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday after Nuno Espirito Santo’s side shocked Man City on Friday night, coming from behind to register a 3-2 win and put a further dent in the champions’ hopes of retaining their title.

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