El Hadji Diouf makes bold claim about Liverpool and Sadio Mane
El Hadji Diouf runs the rule over Sadio Mane's move to Liverpool
Sadio Mane won’t have any trouble fitting in at Liverpool since the departure of some Reds legends, according to El Hadji Diouf.
The Senegal international put pen to paper on a long-term contract with the 18-time English champions on Tuesday afternoon after Liverpool agreed a £34m deal with Southampton for the prolific forward.
Mane follows in the footsteps of compatriot Diouf by moving to Anfield, although the ex-Saints star will hope to do better than the 35-year-old’s three goals in 55 Premier League games for the Reds between 2002 and 2004.
The former Rangers and Blackburn Rovers striker has been outspoken in his criticism of clubs legends Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard in recent years.
And Diouf slammed the two Liverpool legends as he delivered his thoughts on Mane’s big-money move to the Merseyside outfit this summer.
“Mane has to be worried about nothing. Today you don’t have a bad mentality at Liverpool like Steven Gerrard or Jamie Carragher. You don’t have a bad mentality any more, people to like only themselves,” Diouf is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
“Right now they have a good coach with a good mentality. Sadio stayed at Southampton for two years before he signed for Liverpool. He’s not like me, when I came to Liverpool I came to work in my car to work and I came from outside England. He’s been in England for two years now so for him it will be more easy.”
Mane scored 21 times in 67 Premier League appearances for Southampton during two seasons at St Mary’s following his switch from Red Bull Salzburg in 2014.
The African forward has also netted 10 goals in 38 appearances for the Senegal national team since making his debut in 2012.