Senegal star Sadio Mane has explained how he was able to overcome a bad spell in front of goal after he was rewarded for a refusal to let missed chances affect him in Liverpool's 4-1 win over West Ham United.
On the Reds’ return to Premier League action, Emre Can opened
the scoring at Anfield with the only goal of a chance-filled first half.
Jurgen Klopp’s side built on that breakthrough in the second period and efforts from Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and
Mane – after the No.19 had previously struck the post when one-on-one with Adrian – rendered Michail Antonio’s strike a consolation.
"When we scored three and I missed the chances, in my head
it was more important that we were winning.
“It was a good goal for me. I never doubt in
football, you always have to be positive. That’s what I try to do and finally
"We started well. It was not easy to score the first goal but we tried and tried again. In the end, we scored. That was the key – the game was a little bit open then.
"We tried again, created many chances and at the end got four goals, so we deserved to win." the Senegal international told Sky Sports
The result lifted Liverpool up to second in the Premier League table ahead of the meeting between Manchester United and Chelsea on Sunday.