Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has revealed what his “big dream” is after an electric start to the new season.
The former Southampton man has blasted four goals with one assist in his first five games and has developed into one of Jurgen Klopp’s key men.
Mane, who has revealed he “could not believe” winning the Champions League last season, says the Reds’ aim this term is again to go for Champions League glory and hunt down the Premier League trophy.
But in an interview with Complex, Mane has highlighted the importance he places on success with his national side Senegal.
He said: “It’s very early to say of course, but our target, as everyone knows, is to win the league this season. We’re targeting the Champions League as well.
“My big dream is to win AFCON with Senegal, though.”
Asked if he was targeting being African Player of the Year, he said: “This is also my dream – it will be an incredible credit if I can take it.”
Mane’s early ball into the box saw Liverpool win a first-minute penalty in the 2-0 Champions League final win over Tottenham and he says he could not believe the reception they got back on Merseyside.
“When we came back to Liverpool with the trophy, it was just incredible to discover how much it meant to the people here. The mood of the city was just crazy! Winning it and seeing how much it meant has given us all more motivation this season to perform, and win more trophies for this club,” added the 27-year-old.
“It was a special moment for me, and for my team-mates. When I was younger, I grew up watching Champions League – especially the finals. So it was always a dream to play in the final. After scoring in it the season before but losing, going on to win it is an incredible feeling. I could not believe it!”