Sadio Mané discusses his battle to return to top form after he scored Liverpool’s only goal against Leeds on Monday

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Liverpool forward Sadio Mané scored his first league goal since January as he helped The Reds to a 1-1 draw away to Leeds on Monday night.

Mané has endured a very poor run of form for a few months now with questions arising over his place in Jürgen Klopp’s starting eleven.

Speaking to after the game at Leeds, Mané commented on his own struggles and fight to find his best form again:

“It’s a really, really tough time for me, we have to recognise that, but it’s part of football and I already know it so I’m dealing with it and trying to work as hard as I can to help the team more.

“A few years ago, I would maybe struggle a bit more but now I have more experience and know a bit more about football so I know how this kind of time is.

“It’s my first time but, to be honest, I never doubt [myself]. I just try to be more positive than I’ve ever been, so that’s it.”

When asked about the Leeds game and how tough it was to lose the lead so late in the game, Mané said:

“I think first of all it was a really, really tough game – we knew before the game [it would be].

“I think we played good in the first half, we created some chances and we scored one [but] I think to win this kind of game one goal is not enough. So, unlucky, but they got a goal which they also deserved, so disappointing it was only one point but we’ll take it.

“We know that we had to score [but] even one goal you have to defend it better than we did. We did our best because it’s what we have to do and from the corner they score the goal, but we will go and prepare for the next game to go again.”

The draw leaves Liverpool two points behind West Ham and that coveted Premier League top-four spot.

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