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
Speaking at the first multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged leaders to share their benefits with those who stand to gain most.“Over the next 15 years, progress in science, technology and innovation will be key to delivering on all the SDGs – from poverty eradication to agriculture and food security, to energy, to water and sanitation, and climate change,” Mr. Ban told delegates, business leaders, and innovators at the event organized at UN Headquarters in New York.“Linking science, technology and innovation with progress in sustainable development at the ground level is the greatest challenge. That is the gap this Forum is expected to close. You have a critical mission to accomplish,” he underlined.Convened by the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the two-day Forum aims “to ensure a life of dignity for all, with greater shared prosperity on a clean and healthy planet.”“Innovation is embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals, together with advancing science and technology, as Goal 17,” the UN chief recalled. “But science, technology and innovation must not be limited to SDG 17. They cut across all the SDGs as an important element of implementation.”He cautioned that science, technology and innovation cannot be confined to the use of new technologies or software, but rather, innovation is a mindset and an attitude: “It means questioning assumptions, rethinking established systems and procedures, and introducing new strategies. New technologies are important, but as a means to an end,” he explained.The Secretary-General indicated that the multi-stakeholder Forum will take place each year until 2030, to pool ideas, and find ways to incentivize, scale up and adopt breakthrough solutions.“I hope it will be a new way of doing things at the United Nations. We will need ownership, participation and active involvement from all sectors of society, for sustainable development to become a global reality within the next 15 years,” he declared. Adding that the defining pledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is that no one will be left behind, he also informed Member States that it is the chosen theme for this year’s first High-level Political Forum on the agenda, which will be held in New York from 11 to 20 July.