Sadio Mane has revealed that all the Liverpool-supporting folks in his home village of Bambali in Senegal will be appropriately attired for the Champions League final on Saturday night.
This is because the forward has sent a package containing 300 Liverpool shirts back to his old stomping ground so that everybody he grew up with can watch the match while sporting their club colours.
Speaking at a press conference, Mane reminisced about watching the Reds play AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final as a 13-year-old alongside Youssouph Diatta, his Liverpool-obsessed friend, back home in Bambali:
I remember being with my friend, a big friend of mine, and [with Liverpool] 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. Even to this day he cannot believe it. He came back after the game when Liverpool had won!
He asked me that this time, do not be 3-0 down. If you had said then I would be playing the final, I would say that is something incredible in my life.
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. Nobody in the village will work this day!
There are 2,000 people 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.
I will be going back in the summer after the World Cup and hopefully I will be showing everyone a [winner’s] medal.