Sadio Mané wants to make the most of his red card against Stoke City being rescinded when Southampton welcome Liverpool.
Mané was shown a straight red card in the 2-1 win against the Potters last weekend, but the club’s appeal against the sending off was upheld on Tuesday.
That means, instead of him missing the next four matches, he’ll be available for Sunday’s clash with Liverpool, and looking to make it a hat-trick of games in which he has scored against the Reds this season.
The Senegalese international grabbed the equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Anfield, before opening the scoring in what proved to be a heavy Capital One Cup defeat for Saints in December.
And while he’s hoping to get back amongst the goals, he’s just happy he can play his part this weekend if called upon.
“Of course I was very happy [when the red card was rescinded], because every player wants to be playing every week. When I heard I was so happy,” Mané told youtube.com/southamptonfc.
“The most important last week was the result of the team. It was hard for us but we won the game and that was the most important. It wasn’t easy to leave my teammates out on the pitch, but you have to accept the decision.
“The most important is not about who scores and doesn’t score, it’s important that we work together as a team and try to help each other. This is what is needed.
“It’s nice when you score goals for the team, but if you score and the team doesn’t win then it’s hard. I will be doing my best to try and score and help the team win, but it’s most important that we win.”
And with his red card rescinded, Mané knows he’ll need to make the most of his opportunity, should Ronald Koeman opt to recall him to the starting line-up.
“For every player, you have to take your chance and show what you can do. It’s important to be really concentrated now,” Mané added.
“It’s important for us if we want to qualify for Europe that every player gives everything. We can’t make any mistakes.
“We don’t want to put ourselves under more pressure, we just need to keep working hard.”