Liverpool's Sadio Mane wants to return 'even better than before' after surgery

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has said he is aiming to return "better than before" after undergoing knee surgery.

The club's current leading scorer with 13 goals has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign after an operation on Tuesday to repair damaged cartilage.

The Senegal international will now set his sights on being ready for preseason in the summer.

"I will give my very best after yesterday's successful surgery to be back on the pitch as soon as possible and be even better than before," he told Liverpool's official website.

"It's great that I have received so many encouraging messages from fans around the world, particularly on social media.

"It makes me proud and gives me so much power that so many supporters of Liverpool and Senegal give me such great support. I'd like to say thank you to everyone."