Sadio Mane says Liverpool need to be far more reliable if we’re to be successful long-term.
The winger is our top scorer this term with 12 Premier League goals, adding three in our last two home games against Spurs and Arsenal.
There were genuine doubts that we were getting value for money when we splashed out over £30m for the flyer in summer 2016, but it’s proven to be one of our best transfers in years.
Mane is looking forward and assures fans the team will do everything to win all our remaining games.
“If you want to get to another level, you have to be consistent. If you see the last few weeks, it has been difficult but we have great qualities in the team. If we want to be in the top four, we need to be consistent,” the Senegalese told Sky Sports.
“The most important thing is the reaction. We reacted [to the defeat at Leicester] by winning against Arsenal and the confidence is back now and we are looking forward.
“We are one of the top teams in terms of physicality. Maybe you can say mentality [is the reason for inconsistency] but I don’t think it’s that. We have had bad moments so we have to accept this and look forward.
“I think the most important thing for us is ourselves and not to think about what people will say. We have to focus on ourselves and give our best. We have to be ready for the next game. If we lose we have to be ready. Every loss or win is a big motivation.
“All 11 games will be tough. Any team can win anything and we have to take game by game and try to focus and win and look forward.
“We were the better team last time against Burnley because we dominated the game and created chances, but we lost. That’s part of football.
“We are going to take a lesson from it and hopefully the next game will be different. It won’t be easy but we are playing at home.”
Against Burnley on Saturday, Mane will start on the right, with Coutinho on the left and Roberto Firmino central.
At their best this term, that front-three have been spellbinding, but have sometimes flattered to deceive against deep-lying defences.
The Clarets have won just one point on the road this term though and are incredibly poor away from Turf Moor. Surely we can make up for the away loss early on this season…?