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Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has no regrets about his missed opportunity to work with manager Jurgen Klopp two years earlier than it eventually happened.
The Senegal international met the German when he was Borussia Dortmund boss and Klopp admits not signing the then Red Bull Salzburg player was a mistake for which he would have "punched himself".
Mane moved on to Southampton but when the chance arose to sign him Klopp did not make a similar error, having tracked the pacy attacker since the 2012 Olympics.
And Mane told Liverpool's official club website he feels the timing was right for he and his manager to work together this time around.
I remember everything about it, because it was a meeting to talk about football and how he wanted to play and how he wanted me to be part of his team.
I think it's part of football, that these things can happen. After that I never stopped working like I did before.
I gave my best all the time and finally, we work together.
We didn't speak (when he signed for Liverpool) about what happened before because we know it's part of football and it can happen.
It wasn't his fault, or my fault, or the clubs' fault. When he called me to come here, it was the right time, the right coach and the right time to come to Liverpool.
The next thing now is to play in the Champions League with Liverpool and win trophies with Senegal, and why not win many, many trophies with my club, as well?
Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn could join Wales' World Cup campaign against the Republic of Ireland next week - and end doubts over his international future.
Woodburn became the youngest scorer in Liverpool history - at the age of 17 years and 45 days - when he netted in the 2-0 EFL Cup victory over Leeds in November.
His Liverpool debut came as a substitute against Sunderland in November, and he has now made seven appearances.
Woodburn's Liverpool team-mate Harry Wilson—who became Wales' youngest player at the age of 16 years and 207 days when he played against Belgium in October 2013—is also under consideration for a call-up after impressing at Anfield in recent months.
Wilson, now 19, made his Liverpool debut in the FA Cup victory at Plymouth in January and was also on the bench for the weekend win against Burnley.
It is Woodburn who has made the big recent impact though, and while he has yet to start a Premier League game he produced an impressive cameo off the bench in the Reds' 2-1 triumph against Burnley on Sunday and Wales assistant manager Osian Roberts told S4C that he is close to a senior call-up.
He's knocking on the door now. What's definite is that there are a lot of young players in this group doing that. And we need that. We're really pleased with them.
A lot of them have already been in our camps for a week at a time to get that experience, so they can make that step when the chance comes.
It's important we have that freshness as we move on.
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Police investigating the escape of murderer Shaun Walmsley, who was freed from custody by armed men, have arrested a third person as the hunt for the Liverpudlian expands to beyond the UK.
A 25-year-old man from Norris Green, Liverpool, was detained on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in relation to the 28-year-old Walmsley's escape by getaway car, which was captured on CCTV.
Walmsley has been on the run since two men armed with a knife and a gun confronted prison officers guarding him at Aintree University Hospital during a visit from HMP Walton on Tuesday afternoon.
A 27-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman held on Thursday for allegedly assisting an offender have been released pending a decision of whether to take further action.
Merseyside Police are said to be joining up with foreign forces as well as in the UK as part of their search efforts for the killer, who is serving life with a minimum of 30 years for the murder of Anthony Duffy in 2014.
Anyone with information should contact police on 999 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Winger Sadio Mane believes the confidence which has returned to Liverpool's squad can now propel them towards a strong end to the season.
The Senegal international scored both goals in the weekend win over fellow top-four rivals Tottenham to lift a cloud which had been hanging over the club since the turn of the year.
A first Premier League win in 2017 has got the side up and running again and Mane, now the club's top scorer with 11 goals, insists the focus is purely on what can be achieved in the remainder of the campaign.
"It's too early to speak about what's going to happen but the confidence is back in this team now," said the 24-year-old, who is set to fly out to La Manga in south-east Spain with the rest of the squad on Wednesday for a five-day training camp.
"We have a team with great qualities. What happened has happened.
"We can't change that but the motivation is there to keep improving and get whatever we can from the rest of the season.
"Those kind of moments can happen in a season. We had three or four difficult weeks but we are out of that now.
"We had to produce a reaction and we did that.We have to take it game by game and try to win every game between now and the end of the season.
"We have time to rest and time to train so we need to use that."
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