Sadio Mane has donated 300 Liverpool shirts to his hometown of Bambali in Senegal ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.
The village has a population of 2,000 and the forward expects everyone to be watching as the Reds attempt to claim a sixth European Cup.
His family still live in Bambali and, after watching the 2005 final in the village as a 13-year-old, he will be hoping to return to Senegal with a winners medal.
“My family still live in the village. My mum and my uncle. They are all going to be watching.
“There are 2,000 in the village. I bought 300 Liverpool jerseys to send to the people in the village, so the fans can wear them to watch the final.
“Nobody in the village will work this day. I will be going back in the summer after the World Cup and hopefully I will be showing everyone a medal.”
Although the winger has strong memories of the famous comeback in Istanbul, he admitted he was not supporting the Reds that night.
Mane added: “I remember AC Milan v Liverpool. Three-nil down, then 3-3 and penalties. This was a big memory for me.
“I was watching in my village. I was not supporting Liverpool at this time. I was a Barcelona fan.
“I remember being with my friend, a big friend of mine, and at 3-0 down he was completely out.
“He stopped watching until the end and ran like crazy to get away. Then he came back at the end and he could not believe (it).
“Even to this day he cannot believe it. He came back after the game when Liverpool had won!”
Mane will be desperate to add to his nine Champions League goals this season and to enjoy the occasion as much as possible.
He said: “I am just thinking it is incredible, not about the pressure. It is the best time for the whole squad to play. We are in the best shape. There is no tiredness.
“This kind of game does not happen all the time. It is one of the most important of a career. It will not be easy.
“They have experience and are one of the best teams in the world, but we have quality and can beat any team in the world.”
Mane has formed a devastating frontline alongside Roberto Firmino and PFA Player of the Year Mo Salah and January’s sale of Philippe Coutinho did not have the impact many expected.
The trio have been so good they have been compared to Real Madrid’s BBC – Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo – something which pleases Mane.
He said: “You can write this. I didn’t say. We are happy people name us at this level. Thank you for the compliment.
“It is something we have been working hard on to play in this Champions League. It makes us happy.
“We respect them as a great team and great club in history, but Liverpool also has history. It won’t be easy but we will do our best.”
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