" Liverpool forward and Senegal international Sadio Mane has spoken about the reasons why he signed a new contract with the Reds in November last year.

Liverpool forward and Senegal international Sadio Mane has spoken about the reasons why he signed a new contract with the Reds in November last year.

Mane joined Liverpool in 2016 from Southampton and since his move, the winger has contributed to 43 goals and 20 assists in 101 games in all competitions.

The 26-year-old signed a new contract back in November that will keep him at Liverpool until 2023, denying all rumours that linked him with a move away from Merseyside.

“Speculation is part of football. You just learn to live with it and not to take it too seriously,” said Mane.

The former Salzburg player also spoke highly of teammates and fellow goalscorers Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, indicating that they were the reason he signed a new contract.

“All I can say is that my only concern is Liverpool. Mo [Salah], Bobby [Firmino]… it seemed like everyone was signing contracts and they were saying: ‘Hey Sadio, when are you going to sign?’

“I said to each of them: ‘Don’t worry bro, I will sign’. And what did I do? I signed… so they are pleased now,” he added.

Liverpool host Leicester City on Wednesday as they look to maintain a four-point gap between them and second-placed Manchester City. Kick-off takes place 20:00 GMT.