Sadio Mane says it is too soon to talk about Liverpool’s Premier League title challenge.
The Reds sit in eighth place in the Premier League table with eight points from five games, with no wins in their last four games, and already trailing the two Manchester clubs by five points.
Liverpool have been struggling defensively this season and have managed two clean sheets in their nine games to date, a fact which has many pundits and fans doubting their title chances this season.
In an interview with ESPN FC though, Mane says their mini-slump in form can happen to any team.
“Sometimes it can happen in football, but the most important thing is the reaction and it is important to do that. We have a great team and great qualities in the team, and I think we will do it (respond).
“Honestly, it is too early to talk about the title. We are not focused on other teams, just on ourselves, and we know we can beat any team in the league.
“These kind of results [no win in four games since the Arsenal victory] can happen in any team, but we will do our best to change the situation. We will try to take it game by game, and why not win it at the end?”
Asked about the importance of keeping Philippe Coutinho, Mane added: “It was not only important to me, but also to the whole club, that Phil is staying here. He is one of our best players, an important player, and we are happy to see him stay with us.”
The 25-year-old Senegal forward is well aware of Liverpool’s attacking capability and he says they are intent on becoming an attacking force.
“That is what we are looking for and what we are working for every day in training. We are going to keep going to do that to try to help us win games,” he added.