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Liverpool ace Sadio Mane on double marking: It makes me proud

Liverpool ace Sadio Mane knows he's a marked man at the World Cup.

Mane has the opportunity to lead Senegal into the last 16 and follow in the footsteps of the famous 2002 side which contained El-Hadji Diouf and Salif Diao.

And the 26-year-old admits he's aiming to replicate his efforts with Liverpool with his country this summer.

"I think we've got a very good team," he added. "Everyone has players who has the humility and that allows us to win. That's what I do for Liverpool and that's what I do here.

"Of course we have to abide by the coach's instructions. If we have to defend, and that means then we're going to win, then we defend."

Japanese coach Akira Nishino revealed his side will have a special plan to stop Mane, intimating up to three players could mark the forward.

That, however, does not deter the player, who says he takes pride in the attention.

"I think it's a personal pride to hear everyone talking about me," he said. "It's a trap to be avoided.

"What's important is the whole group. We have to concentrate on ourselves. We have great supporting staff. We trust them. It's always the team, that's the important thing.

"The boss is doing all of the work, doing the strategy, and it's worked really well. If there's an anti-Sadio Mane plan, there's not going to be any worries. The group is very important."

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