Sadio Mane hopes to help Liverpool past Barcelona

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Liverpool’s Senegalese forward Sadio Mane is hopeful his side will grab a win in tonight’s Champions League match against Barcelona at Camp Nou.

The 27-year-old said the game will provide the perfect platform for the team to prove their abilities as they seek to reach a second consecutive Champions League final.

“I am excited and hopefully tomorrow I will score for the team,” he said.

“It’s a wonderful stadium. I have been watching Barcelona since I was young. All of us love to watch football, and it will be great for us to play in this kind of stadium. But it will be motivation for us, not pressure.

“Ronaldinho was my hero. I really loved watching him play. I still love him to be honest. I would love to have his smile!”

Mane has had an impressive season for Liverpool so far, scoring 24 goals in all competitions.

The winner of tonight’s game will face the victor from the second semi-final game that pits Tottenham against Ajax.

Ajax took the advantage on Tuesday after beating Tottenham 1-0 in London.