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Mane says Liverpool’s mental strength will get them through tough fixture list

Sadio Mane says Liverpool’s mental strength will get them through a congested festive fixture schedule that will see Jurgen Klopp’s side play nine times across four competitions next month.

The Premier League leaders are heading towards a crucial period in their season as they embark on a tough run of games, starting with this week’s clash with Brighton at Anfield before a midweek Merseyside derby.

Liverpool will also face a crucial Champions League meeting with Red Bull Salzburg in early December, whilst the club will also participate in the League Cup quarter-finals and Club World Cup in Qatar.

Asked about fatigue within the squad, Mane is confident his side will be able to cope and says their mental strength will see the club through a potentially difficult period.

“Honestly, I think it is all in the head,” Mane told the LiverpoolEcho.

“The tiredness is in the head, so as long as the body recovers well I think it is not difficult for us to play every single game, if the team needs us, and the coach needs us, I think we will be able to play and help the team.”

Liverpool’s status as European champions will see the club travel to Qatar for the inter-continental Club World Cup in late December, and Mane admits the side are excited at the prospect of winning further silverware.

“I always say to win games and win trophies, motivates players all the time. If we can win the World Club Cup then it will give us more momentum,” he explained.

“Hopefully we are going to win it and give us another blast of high energy to go again for the rest of the season.”

Liverpool’s prospects ahead of the period were dealt a blow with an ankle injury suffered by Fabinho during Wednesday night’s draw with Napoli.

However, Mane believes the club possesses the strength in depth to deal with the Brazilian’s absence and their congested upcoming run of games.

“Yeah sure, we can handle it, we are Liverpool,” he added.

”We have a big squad, we have many players who can play and so much quality.

“It’s part of football – we have to deal with it, play these games if we want to be successful. Without the games you can not win the trophies. It is about being as professional as possible.”

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