Sadio Mane: I’m so proud to have scored 100 Premier League goals
Sadio Mane expressed his pride at having reached the 100-goal milestone in the Premier League and immediately targeted even more.
The Senegal international reached the century in England’s top flight by coldly scoring the opening goal in Liverpool’s 5-0 win at Watford on Saturday.
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Mane is the third African player to score 100 times in the Premier League and only the third player to do so in the division without any penalties.
The forward was thrilled with the benchmark, but is more focused on adding to the tally and helping the Reds in their quest for trophies.
“Honestly, when I came to the Premier League my dream was to score as much as possible and above all to win trophies,” Mane, who has already spent two seasons with Southampton, told Liverpoolfc.com.
“So today I’m very happy and very proud to have scored 100 goals. Hopefully more goals [are] to come and also trophies to come.
Mane’s eighth-minute effort at Vicarage Road opened the floodgates for a dominating Liverpool display that saw Roberto Firmino win a close-finish hat-trick.
Mohamed Salah also produced another wonderful solo goal as he slalomed through the Hornets defense and put a curler into the corner of Ben Foster’s net.
Salah’s brilliant strike followed his equally majestic individual goal past Manchester City ahead of the international break – and Mane had his say in the debate on which was better.
“I think it’s a better goal than City! But this is not a surprise for us because we know his quality, one of the best players in the world. He showed it today, ”said No.10.
“Bobby too – he showed it – one of the best in the world for sure. I’m very happy for them.
“Especially Bobby’s hat-trick it wasn’t an easy time for him with injuries but he’s back and I’m happy for him. I hope he will be there for us and score more goals for us until the end of the season.
Liverpool’s preparations for the trip to Watford have been hampered by the unpredictability of how Claudio Ranieri would organize the hosts in his first game in charge.
But Mane felt his team benefited from their hard work at the AXA Training Center as they almost completely controlled the lunch hour kickoff.
“Obviously we played really well today,” he said. “Right from the start, we got off to a very, very quick start and we created a lot of chances. We scored five goals, five magnificent goals. I think we deserved to win today.
“Of course we knew the manager, he was in the Premier League and most of all won it. But we were more focused on ourselves in training – we know our qualities and how well we could [make it] for them.
“This is what we did for the weekend and [over] the weeks we worked really hard and we showed it today. It was just amazing and I hope we will continue like this.