Mane attempting to copy Ronaldinho at Liverpool

Date published: Sunday 9th October 2016 5:22

Sadio Mane says that he is attempting to “smile and have a laugh” at Liverpool, just as legendary Brazilian Ronaldinho did.

Mane has been one of the signings of the summer after joining the Reds from Southampton for a fee of around £30m.

The Senegalese forward has scored three goals and assisted one as he has acclimatised to life at Anfield with ease.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official magazine, the 24-year-old has explained how he is trying to emulate former Barcelona forward Ronaldinho – by smiling.

“Some people say I don’t smile enough,” he said. “I think that’s wrong. I’m usually smiling and having a laugh in training because I enjoy football.

“Ronaldinho always did that and I’ve always tried to copy him. I think footballers have plenty of reasons to smile. We have a great job that everybody would like to have.”

Mane then discussed Liverpool’s excellent start to the season, with the Reds sitting fourth in the Premier League table after seven games.

“It’s a system where everybody knows their job. Roberto, Coutinho, Studge, Adam… we know each other’s game,” he said.

“It’s become easier for us thanks to working on it and we are enjoying playing this way. Whether I’m starting up front or out wide isn’t really the most important thing.

“The manager says be free and then get into dangerous areas where you can hurt the opposition.”

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