LIVERPOOL, Sporting Alert – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has splashed the cash to sign Sadio Mane in this summer’s transfer market, so let’s take a look at the player’s stats so far in the Premier League.
Big Money Move, But Is He Worth It?
Mane completed a £34m transfer move from Southampton to the Reds on Tuesday, following a successful medical, becoming the fifth player to move to Anfield from the Saints in recent seasons and he is expected to be a big hit.
Sky Sports News HQ is reporting that Mane joins Liverpool on a five-year contract, and his transfer fee could rise to as high as £36m base on add-ons. The Senegal international will wear the No. 19.
Prior to making the switch to Liverpool, Mane, who was also a reported target for Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal, spent two seasons with Southampton.
The 24-year-old speedy right winger made 75 appearances in those two seasons and scored 25 goals, including four against the Reds last season.
He’s Been Very Productive Two Seasons
Of his 25 Southampton career strikes, Mane scored 15 of them in all competitions last season, which was more than any other Saints player for that campaign. He also had nine assists in all competitions, which took his career assist tally at Southampton to 14 helpers.
In the 38 Premier League games last year, Mane started 30 and subbed in seven times.
Manager Finally Got His Man
Klopp, who took over the manager’s position at Liverpool in January, revealed that he’s been following the progress of Mane for years.
“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,” Klopp was quoted as saying on Liverpoolfc.com.
“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.
“It is great that we have managed to sign him so he can work with us from the first day of pre-season.”