Three reasons why Sadio Mane is an excellent Liverpool signing
Liverpool signed Sadio Mane from Southampton last month. Here's why the Senegal forward will be an Anfield hit
Adds goals to the Liverpool squad
While Liverpool were certainly exciting to watch under Jurgen Klopp for the majority of the season, there was a sense that the German’s side lacked goals. The Reds were the eighth-highest goal-scorers in the Premier League last season, which suggests their eighth-place finish was a fair end to the campaign. Only Roberto Firmino hit double figures (10) in the Premier League, which isn’t good enough for a club attempting to challenge for the top four and greater prizes. Sadio Mane should help to inflate Liverpool’s goal tally. The Senegal international reached two figures in both of his seasons at Southampton. If Klopp can keep Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi fit and Philippe Coutinho prove more consistent in front of goal then Liverpool have the quality to surpass 70 goals for the 2016/17 season.
Suits Klopp’s style of play
Mane’s Southampton team-mate Shane Long was talked about as a potential Liverpool signing at one point this year. The Republic of Ireland international’s ceaseless pressing and never-say-die attitude were traits that Klopp was reported to admire. Mane has a little more quality than Long and at 24, there’s more to come from the Senegal international. Like the Irishman, Mane is quick but can cut in from the wing to support Liverpool’s central players, using his pace to hit teams on the counter-attack. Mane is mobile too, which should fit in well with Klopp’s pressing game.
The Liverpool manager is a fan
Naturally, Klopp must rate Mane if the 48-year-old was willing to part with a reported £30m for the Senegalese forward. However, it was encouraging to hear that Klopp has been monitoring Mane since his Red Bull Salzburg days. This isn’t a spontaneous splurge of funds, which was all too common during the Brendan Rodgers era. Indeed, it appears that Klopp does indeed have the final say on transfers – and not the famed transfer committee, with the German landing a long-term target of his.