Saturday Sep 03, 2016. 15:30
Sadio Mané has revealed that he feels little pressure following his record-breaking transfer from Southampton to Liverpool in June.
The transfer made him the 'most expensive African player in history' with the Reds forking out a reported total of £34 million to lure the winger from St Mary's to Anfield.
The 24-year-old scored on his debut for the Merseyside giants in a 4-3 win over Arsenal and despite the added pressure of the massive transfer sum, Mané is confident in his own ability.
"It is part of football, personally I don't feel pressure because I always believe in my quality and I know what I can do for my team," said Mané in an interview with the BBC.
"I just work at training every day and try to give my best for the club and the fans.
Mané continued: "I was very happy to score my first goal in my first game for Liverpool. Most importantly we won the game.
“I want to thank everyone for all the support I’ve had from the fans and from the club.”
Mané will be in action for his national team on Saturday, with the Lions of Teranga having already booked their place at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations; with a flawless run of results.
Senegal close off their successful qualifying campaign at home to Namibia and the West Africans, who have yet to win the Afcon, will be one of the favourites to break their duck in Gabon next year.
"We are professional footballers and we know how it works. Now we have a new staff, new coach, but I think everything is going well now - we are winning, we are in a good space," Mané added.
"At the African Cup we will do our best, try and make the Senegalese people happy and make them proud. If it means to win, why not win the cup?"