Sadio Mane: High-tempo pressing will be key to Liverpool's season

Liverpool summer signing Sadio Mane believes Jürgen Klopp's intensive way of playing will be key to their success in the Premier League this season.

Sadio Mane: High-tempo pressing will be key to Liverpool's season
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Sadio Mane believes the collective effort of Jürgen Klopp's style-of-play at Liverpool can spur them on to success this season and insists he is a team player.

The £30 million summer signing from Southampton has made an excellent early impact in pre-season and will hope to continue such form into the season proper.

The Reds face Arsenal in their Premier League curtain-raiser on Sunday afternoon, looking to replicate the performance they produced in the capital at Wembley Stadium just over a week ago.

Klopp's side blitzed Barcelona in a friendly under the arch of the national stadium, with Mane a stand-out in a convincing 4-0 victory, and the Senegal international believes a similar ethic and approach will reap rewards this term.

On that performance against the La Liga side and the general work rate expected by Klopp, Mane explained: "If you want to win, you have to defend as a team and we press high. I think that's the key to our success and we'll keep doing it."

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Mane celebrates scoring the opener against Barcelona. (Picture: Getty Images)
Mane celebrates scoring the opener against Barcelona. (Picture: Getty Images)

He told Liverpoolfc.com that it's "easy to attack" if you "defend as a team first" and insisted that it's "easy to attack as a team" if you "defend as a team."

"It's clear for everyone," Mane said, including "every striker", that the team has to "defend as well" before adding: "I'm happy with that and I try to do it."

Much of the winger's minutes have come on the right side of a three behind the striker throughout the Reds' warm-up clashes, but wherever he plays - Mane says he will be happy.

He declared that he's simply most happy when he's "helping the team" whether than be on the right, or "on the left, or the number 10 or as a striker" - insisting his position "doesn't matter" to him.

"I'm here for the team," vowed the Reds' No.19, who said that he will "always" be there for the team because that's "what's important" and where he plays isn't. 

Mane, who added that he hopes the team will be "successful", revealed that though he is focused on the team his individual target is to "score man than 15" in his first season on Merseyside.