‘Sadio has no limits – he’s in the best moment of his career and hungry to win more trophies with Liverpool’ – The Athletic

Meet Sadio Mane’s “lucky charm”.

Jose Luis Rodriguez is the Liverpool forward’s personal physiotherapist. He spends a fortnight each month living with Mane at his home in Formby, Merseyside.

Employed by Roof, the agency who represent the 29-year-old, Rodriguez’s task is to help ensure that Mane is in the best possible condition to keep delivering at the highest level.

The Spaniard was by his side throughout the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon which ended with Mane converting the decisive spot kick in the shootout as Senegal sealed an historic final triumph over Egypt.

Working with Senegal’s backroom staff, the 37-year-old saw first-hand how Mane dealt with the immense pressure of carrying a nation’s hopes on his shoulders and the scenes of unbridled joy on the “crazy” victory parade through the rammed streets of Dakar.

Rodriguez has watched with delight as Mane, who was crowned player of the tournament, has shown no signs of fatigue since returning to Jurgen Klopp’s squad. He has started all four games and scored three goals, taking his tally for the season to 13 in all competitions before the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley.

“Some players enjoy some success, start giving lots of interviews and then stop doing what got them there in the first place like all the gym work and the focus on nutrition,” Rodriguez tells The Athletic.

“Sadio is the absolute opposite. Sometimes you have to hold on to the horse and say to him, ‘Calm down, you don’t need to do so much today’. He always wants to give more. Success makes him hungrier for more. If there are new challenges and new trophies to aim for, he’ll go for it.

“The minute he doesn’t feel challenged, he’ll look to do something else.

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