Sadio Mane admits there is plenty of confidence within Liverpool’s title-chasing squad, but “not too much” as they are aware there is still a long way to go.The Reds have positioned themselves at the top of the Premier League table through 23 fixtures.A four-point advantage is held at the summit, with defending champions Manchester City presenting their closest challenge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Jurgen Klopp’s side have been out in front for some time now, with just one defeat suffered so far, and belief is building when it comes to ending a 29-year wait for domestic supremacy.Mane has full faith in Liverpool’s ability to get over the line but is eager to avoid generating any added pressure, telling the club’s official website: “We have experience now.“Of course we are confident if we’re winning – but not too much, we know what can happen. We are still professional footballers and we’re still going to try to take it game by game.“The season is long and we have many games. Making pressure for ourselves doesn’t help. Why not just try to win games until the end of the season?”Liverpool’s cause is set to be aided this weekend as they take in a welcome break.While a number of their Premier League rivals are in FA Cup action, the Reds will be downing tools after falling at the third round hurdle against Wolves.Klopp has already talked up the benefits of easing the workload on his players, and Mane believes a period of rest will help a squad which has been carrying a number of walking wounded over recent weeks.The Senegal international forward added: “It’s good for us to have a few days off and get a few injured players back, because now there’s quite a lot.“We still have a strong team. [And] the other players are going to give their best for the team.”Liverpool will be back in action on Wednesday when they welcome Leicester City to Anfield. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Rabat – That is the allegation being leveled against Russia by anonymous senior US officials.The US is basing its conclusion on the presence of a Russian-operated drone seen flying over a hospital in Khan Sheikhoun last Tuesday. According to a report in the Associated Press, intelligence clearly shows people rushing into the hospital seeking treatment, presumably as a result of the chemical attack. Hours later a Russian forces jet appeared and bombed the hospital.US officials are drawing a straight line from these activities to Russian complicity in the chemical attack. The appearance of a Russian drone followed shortly thereafter by a Russian jet on a bombing mission smacks of an attempt to obliterate evidence and is a very unlikely coincidence according to the officials. They spoke only under a guarantee of anonymity as they have no authority to speak publicly about US intelligence. They could provide no proof of their allegations and would not give details as to the source of the intelligence they used to form their conclusions.Russia has routinely worked with the Syrian military at the Al-Shayrat airbase, where it is believed the chemical attacked originated from and where stockpiles of the chemical weapons used are believed to have been stored. US officials believe it is reasonable to assume that Russia knew about and was possibly complicit in the chemical attack. Officials still cannot say for sure who was operating the aircraft that perpetrated the chemical attack as Syrians routinely fly the Russia-made aircraft.According to the Daily News, local activists in the area released pictures of the al-Rahma hospital in Khan Sheikhoun, claiming it was the bombed hospital in question. In their words, the damage incurred was caused when “Russian forces shelled” it.On Monday, Colonel James J. Thomas confirmed that the US military has stepped up defense precautions for its personnel in Syria in preparation for a possible Syrian retaliation.