Sadio Mane has donated 300 Liverpool shirts to his hometown of Bambali in Senegal ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.
The village has a population of 2,000 and the forward expects everyone to be watching as the Reds attempt to claim a sixth European Cup.
His family still live in Bambali and, after watching the 2005 final in the village as a 13-year-old, he will be hoping to return to Senegal with a winners medal.
Mane, 26, said: “If you had said then I would be playing the final I would say it is something incredible in my life. Hopefully we are going to win.
“My family still live in the village. My mum and my uncle. They are all going to be watching.
“There are 2,000 in the village. I bought 300 Liverpool jerseys to send to the people in the village, so the fans can wear them to watch the final.
“Nobody in the village will work this day. I will be going back in the summer after the World Cup and hopefully I will be showing everyone a medal.”
Although the winger has strong memories of the famous comeback in Istanbul, he admitted he was not supporting the Reds that night.
Mane added: “I remember AC Milan v Liverpool. Three-nil down, then 3-3 and penalties. This was a big memory for me.
“I was watching in my village. I was not supporting Liverpool at this time. I was a Barcelona fan.
The trio have been so good they have been compared to Real Madrid’s BBC – Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo – something which pleases Mane.
He said: “You can write this. I didn’t say. We are happy people name us at this level. Thank you for the compliment.
“It is something we have been working hard on to play in this Champions League. It makes us happy.
“We respect them as a great team and great club in history, but Liverpool also has history. It won’t be easy but we will do our best.”