talksport: Sadio Mane has told talkSPORT it’s make-or-break time for Liverpool after they suffered their third defeat in four games and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were aiming to bounce back from their disappointing loss to Watford at the weekend, which ended their Premier League unbeaten run.
But it did not go to plan at Stamford Bridge, with a much-changed Reds side second-best and goals in each half from Willian and Ross Barkley putting the Blues into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win.
t’s the first time Liverpool have lost back-to-back games since January 2019, and this was the latest in a string of unconvincing performances since their return from the Premier League winter break.
The blip has perhaps come a bit too late for it to really derail their title bit at this point, with just four more wins [12 points] needed to be crowned league champions for the first time in 30 years.
But their Champions League title defence is now looking really bleak, ahead of the home leg of their last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid, in which they trail 1-0.
Mane was one of the few bright sparks for Liverpool against Chelsea but even he had a comparatively poor game, missing a number of great goalscoring chances.
Speaking to talkSPORT after the game, the Senegalese flyer admitted the Reds weren’t good enough and said this is a defining moment for the Liverpool team in their quest to be champions.
“The best team won today,” said the Reds star.
“In the first half we played well and created many chances, but we just didn’t score, and Chelsea had a few chances and scored two goals, so game over.
“We created enough chances to win, but we need to be more clinical in front of the goal and that was not the case. But that’s a part of football.
“I think in this moment you could be or could not be a champion, a great champion, and I think this kind of moment has happened to us, but it’s not the first time and it won’t be the last time.
“We have another important game on Saturday [against Bournemouth] and then on Wednesday [against Atletico], so for this game we will be ready and we will be back again.
“This can happen in football and we’re used to it.
“We just have to keep working hard and keep going if we want to be great champions.”
Liverpool’s recent form will have sparked plenty of fears from fans over their future in Europe this season, having been defiantly shut out by Atletico in Madrid in the first leg.
But Mane is confident it will be a different story at Anfield, as Barcelona discovered last season.
“We’ll learn from that defeat and then we’ll be ready to go again,” he added.
“We know it’s a different competition and it will be really important for us, but we’re playing at home, so let’s enjoy it.”
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