Pundit: Liverpool star has been the signing of the season

Alan Smith explains why he believes that Sadio Mane has been the Premier League's signing of the season

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Liverpool striker Sadio Mane signed from Southampton last summer Photo: The Sport Review

Alan Smith says Sadio Mane has been the signing of the season in the Premier League following his brilliant form for Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp signed the Senegal forward from Southampton in a deal believed to be worth around £34m last summer as the Reds bolstered their attacking options.

Liverpool have been in solid form in the Premier League and are currently third in the table as they chase Champions League qualification in Klopp’s first full season at Anfield.

Mane has been a central figure for the Reds up front this season and has scored 13 goals and made five assists in 27 Premier League games.

The 26-year-old is currently out injured with a knee problem, but former Arsenal and Leicester star Smith still feels his impact at Liverpool has been stronger than any other signing in the Premier League from last summer.

Smith told Sky Sports: “When he came to Liverpool I was wondering how well he would do. But the goals he’s scored and the impact he’s had has been fantastic.

“When he was absent, he showed just how big an influence he has on the Liverpool team.”

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Liverpool are currently preparing for their Premier League clash against West Brom at The Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon.

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