Finally we get our Mane man
As detailed in the article from the Guardian newspaper Liverpool have signed Sadio Mane from Southampton. It is a deal that is worth over £34m.
It’s a fantastic signing for Liverpool as they now add a player who thrives on running at defenders with power and strength.
He is a player i have mentioned previously in my article Mane in for Liverpool. Personally i am very pleased he has signed for us.
He has the ability and know how to play anywhere up front, either out wide cutting inside, behind the striker or on occasion as the main man.
He will link up very well with Coutinho and Firmino who like to interlink with Sturridge and all rotate the position they are in during the game. Having Mane do this too will allow any continuity as well as adding an additional goal scoring threat.
Transfer committee player…?
According to respected Liverpool Echo journalist Ian Doyle Mane was identified by the ‘transfer committee’ as a player to sign. However Rodgers declined and Mane signed for Southampton instead for £10m.
Instead Rodgers went and signed Balotelli for £16m on transfer deadline day..
Rather interestingly Klopp has been an admirer of the Mane and scouted him whilst he was playing for Red Bull Salzburg.
Jurgen Klopp revealed he had been tracking Mane since his impressive performances in the Olympics in 2012. “Since I came here I have spoken to the staff a lot about him and have always felt he could be a very good signing for us.”
The Klopp effect
Mane admits the lure of Klopp and Anfield was too much to pass up despite interest from elsewhere. “I knew Liverpool were interested in me, I had some [other] opportunities, but I think for me this is the right club, the right coach and the right moment to change.”
He added. “I am very happy to be a part of Liverpool Football Club.
“He [Klopp] said he wanted me to come to play for Liverpool. I didn’t even have to ask myself, I said straight away yes, I am interested because I know Liverpool.
The Klopp effect is working. We have signed a player who is convinced Liverpool are the right club for them, and it’s down to having the right coach.
So there we have it.
A player that the committee wanted who incidentally is a player our manager also wanted actually sign for us.
You can’t ask for much more than that surely.