Liverpool must have wondered if life could get any better after their historic 2019-20 season victory. The club had waited 30 long years to be crowned kings of England and finally got their hands on the Premier League title in June 2020. Then they went on to savor Champions League glory, reaching the quarter-finals in 2020-21.
But Liverpool refuse to sit counting the medals that have already been added to an enviable collection. Jurgen Klopp has assembled a star-studded squad at Anfield that isn’t resting on its laurels. For the Reds, an insatiable appetite to achieve even more continues to drive them forward.
This has created incredibly high expectations this season, with the Reds challenging in all competitions right until the end. The Carabao Cup winners of 2022 don’t seem content with just the one trophy in this campaign – another top-flight title remains in touching distance. Liverpool have been similarly impressive in Europe, and the Champions League betting has Liverpool priced at almost evens to conquer Europe once more.
It is safe to assume that there will be no letting up from Klopp’s troops as various finishing lines edge into sight, with the plan being to surge past those posts. Liverpool have not worked so hard to get this far only to see collective dreams dashed when the most prestigious of prizes are handed out.
They have plenty of seasoned winners at their disposal, with many having been in a position before where a clean sweep of silverware could be on the cards. In the form of Sadio Mane, they also have a man who has added international glory to a trophy-winning pot this season.
An epic year for Sadio Mane of Liverpool
While there are opportunities for the likes of Mohamed Salah, Alisson Becker, and Virgil van Dijk to end 2021-22 with four honors to their name, Sadio Mane from Senegal is looking to complete a set of five. That is because he has already got his hands on the Africa Cup of Nations crown.
Mane netted the decisive goal for his country at that competition in a final shootout with Egypt, before going on to do likewise in a 2022 World Cup play-off clash against the same opposition a few weeks later – with dreams formed by domestic team-mate Salah being dashed on both occasions.
Mane has been at Anfield since 2016. This season he passed the 100-goal mark for Liverpool, with the target found more than 20 times across all competitions. There is talk of him coming into Ballon d’Or contention before the end of the calendar year.
It is difficult to argue against the decision going Mane’s way, given all that he has achieved in a relatively short space of time, and with the promise of so much more still to come.
Mane has shown himself to be a man with the Midas touch, with everything that falls within his reach turning to goals and gold. The hope for Klopp and Co. must be that those qualities continue to rub off on all around him as Liverpool seek to re-write the history books on an epic scale.