Phil Thompson claims this signing has transformed Liverpool

Phil Thompson discusses the impact Sadio Mane has had at Liverpool this season

Phil Thompson has claimed that Sadio Mane has transformed Liverpool following the striker’s arrival from Southampton in the summer transfer window.

The striker arrived on Merseyside from the Saints after new manager Jurgen Klopp moved quickly to bring the forward to Anfield and bolster his attacking options at the club.

The 24-year-old has made a strong start to life at the club and has scored three goals and made one assist in six Premier League games for the Reds so far this season.

Mane has racked up a total of 538 minutes of first-team action for his new club so far this term and has earned plenty of praise for his performances.

And Liverpool legend Thompson feels that the forward has been one of they key factors behind the Reds’ strong start to the new season.

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Thompson said: “If you’re looking at a player who has transformed a side and injected what they needed then it’s Sadio Mane.

“People talk about this Liverpool team suddenly challenging for the title but what’s the difference really been? I think it’s all about Mane and the pace he has injected.

“It is the one thing this Liverpool team lacked. Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana have all been great but they were all there last year and he’s brought the best out of them.

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“His pace to drag defenders back allows these players play and I think he’s had a massive impact. In a footballing sense, this guy does everything at 100 miles per hour.”

Mane will be hoping to feature for Liverpool when the Reds return to Premier League action after the international break with a crunch clash against Manchester United at Anfield.

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