Senegal international Sadio Mane became Jurgen Klopp’s fourth signing after making the move to the Anfield club from Southampton in a £30-million move.
Here are some interesting facts about Liverpool’s third-most expensive signing:
- Sadio Mane will become the third Senegal international to represent Liverpool, after Salif Diao and El Hadji Diouf.
- The 24-year-old started his professional career with Metz in France, the same club as former Red Rigobert Song and Premier League stars like Robert Pires, Emmanuel Adebayor and Louis Saha.
- Mane was Southampton’s top scorer in his second season at St. Mary’s, including eight goals in his final eight matches for Ronald Koeman’s side, and has scored four goals in as many appearances against his new club.
- He was born on April 10, 1992, exactly 50 years after Liverpool’s all-time appearance record holder, Ian Callaghan.
- Mane holds the record for the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history, scoring thrice in just 176 seconds against Aston Villa in 2015. The previous record was held by Reds legend Robbie Fowler, who scored a 4m33s hat-trick against Arsenal in 1994.
- Mane had already played football in England before his move to Southampton in 2014 – when Senegal drew 1-1 with Team GB at the 2012 Olympic Games.
- The forward has more experience in major tournament, having featured in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, and is likely to be inluded in his country’s 2-17 AFCON side.
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