Sadio Mané became Jürgen Klopp’s fourth major signing when he finalised his move to Liverpool from Southampton on Tuesday.
The 24 year old joins other new arrivals Marko Grujić, Joël Matip and Loris Karius as Klopp builds his new-look squad ahead of the new Premier League season.
The Reds boss revealed that the £30m signing brings to an end a four year chase that began when Klopp noticed the Senegalese international at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Klopp expressed how delighted he was to have secured Mané’s signature, and outlined what he could bring to the side going forward, telling the official Liverpool website:
“I have followed Sadio for a lot of years since his impressive performances in the Olympics in 2012, and then watched his development in Austria and in his time at Southampton.
“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. He has a lot of quality, works hard and has a very good goalscoring record.
“When I spoke to him I could tell that he was passionate about joining the club and playing for our fantastic fans. I think they will be just as excited about seeing him put on a Liverpool shirt as I am.”
Since signing for Southanpton from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg in 2014, Mané has scored 25 goals in 75 games in England. Klopp saw first hand the devastating effect that Mané can have last season, as he scored late on in a 1-1 draw at Anfield in December before netting another two in Southampton’s remarkable 3-2 comeback victory in March.
Mané himself, meanwhile, has revealed that he needed no convincing to join Klopp at Liverpool – as soon as the call was put in, the player knew it was the right move for him.
In an interview with LFC TV, the new number 19 said:
“I spoke with [Klopp] and I think he played a big role in me coming to Liverpool and I want to thank him for all the confidence,
“He said he wanted me to come and I didn’t try to ask myself questions as I was convinced Liverpool was the right club for me. It is the right club, right coach and right moment to change.”
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Mané will be available when Liverpool players (aside from those at Euro 2016 or the Copa América) report back for pre-season training later this week.