Sadio Mane acknowledges that he is “a lucky boy” to have formed a fearsome attacking unit at Liverpool with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Questions were asked early on in the 2017-18 campaign as to how the Reds would cope without Philippe Coutinho pulling the strings, with a January move to Barcelona for the Brazilian having been on the cards for some time.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have, however, flourished without a key creative influence, with their ‘Fab Three’ forward line exceeding all expectations.
PFA Player of the Year and Golden Boot winner Salah has been the undoubted star, recording 44 goals across all competitions, but he has been ably assisted by Firmino and Mane, who have 27 and 19 goals to their respective names.
Ahead of a Champions League final meeting with Real Madrid in which all three will be expected to shine once more, Mane said: “Like I have always said, I have always been enjoying playing alongside these great players.
“They make everything easier for me. I am a lucky boy.
“But we always talk about the front three. Don't forget it starts from the guys behind. They make it easier.
“The power of Liverpool Football Club is the collective. We always do everything together, this is our power.”
While talking up the collective spirit at Anfield, Mane added on Liverpool’s firepower: “I think more goals are coming! Of course, I am happy, but as a striker you'd love to score every single game to help your team.
“Now we have one more important game, so why not try to do our best, score for the team and win the trophy?”
One last effort from Mane and Co could land major silverware, with Liverpool having successfully negotiated a long and winding road in Europe which started in the Champions League play-offs.
“It was not easy, especially from having the play-off against Hoffenheim and the group stage, but now we are in the final,” said Mane.
“Maybe that is a surprise for many people but for us it's something we have always believed in.
“Of course it will not be easy because we know they have experience and also they have qualities in the team. We respect them a lot but we also have players and staff to beat any team in the world.
“We are going to go there and try to do our best, cause them the most problems we can and try to win the game.”