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Sadio Mane sends 300 Liverpool jerseys to Senegal for Champions League final

23:48 BST 25/05/2018
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The Senegal international has extended a kind gesture to his countrymen to drum support for the Reds ahead of Saturday's final

Sadio Mane has sent 300 Liverpool jerseys to the village of Bambali in south Senegal ahead of the Uefa Champions League final in Kiev.

The Reds will be gunning for their sixth European title against Real Madrid at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on Saturday.

And the 26-year-old has ensured that people in his hometown are not left of the showpiece in Ukraine as he hopes to return with the winner’s medal later in the summer.

"If you'd said I would play in the final, I'd say that is something incredible in my life," Mane was quoted by The Independent.

"Hopefully we are going to win. My family still live in the village – my mum and my uncle.

"They are all going to be watching. There are 2,000 people in the village. I bought 300 Liverpool jerseys to send to them, so the fans can wear them to watch the final.

“I will be going back in the summer after the World Cup and – hopefully – I will be showing everyone a winner's medal."

The 25-year-old relived the last time he saw Liverpool play in the final of the elite European competition against AC Milan was in Bambali in 2005 - when he was 13-year-old.

The Anfield outfit overturned a three-goal deficit at half-time to lift the Champions League trophy after a penalty shoot-out in Istanbul.

“I remember being with my friend, a big friend of mine, and at 3-0 down he was completely out,” he added.

“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. Even to this day, he cannot believe it. He came back after the game when Liverpool had won!”

Mane will be looking to add to his tally of nine goals in 12 Champions League appearances this season to help the Kops to the much-coveted silverware.