Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has conceded the Premier League title, stating that the points difference between the Reds and table-toppers Manchester City is simply too large to overcome.
Mane helped Liverpool to their first top-flight title in 30 years when the Anfield outfit lifted the trophy at the end of the 2020-21 campaign, but a season ravaged by injuries and poor form has seen the club drop to sixth in the table.
The Senegal international insists that he and his team-mates will not give up the fight and continue to give their all for the cause, but admits that retaining their Premier League title is likely a bridge too far.
“First of all, before the end of the season I think, not only me, but every single player in the squad has targets. It’s the same for the club,” Mane said in an interview with ESPN Brazil.
“Our target from the beginning was [winning] the Champions League, the Premier League and also cup games. And now, I can say it’s over for the Premier League … it’s too much.
“In our head, our self-belief, it’s always ‘never give up’, and we won’t give up, but for sure, Manchester [City] are a good team and they’re flying.”