When Sadio Mane signed for Liverpool back in 2016, the jury was out on whether the Senegalese was good enough to turn out for the Reds. He’d had a good spell at Southampton, and he certainly had a lot of potential, but adapting to a new club, especially one of Liverpool’s stature, wasn’t going to be easy.
However, fast forward a few years, and the decision to bring in Mane now looks like a masterstroke. He’s turned into one of Europe’s best attackers, and he’s a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s attack.
Possessing incredible pace and drive, his desire to drive down the flanks and get at enemy defenders has made him a nightmare for opposition players to deal with. He’s an expert finisher, as his goals will attest to, whilst his ability to set up his teammates – he got 7 assists last term – gives his bow an extra arrow.
Forming a deadly trio with Roberto Firmino and Mohammed Salah, Mane has dominated the left-hand side of the Liverpool attack for a few years now, and he seems to only be getting better. He’s bagged a career-high return of 17 league goals this season, and at times he’s looked like one of the best players in the Premier League.
Signed for £37.1 million by the Reds, Transfer Markt now place his market value at a whopping £76.5 million, and that speaks volumes about the Senegalese’s rise. Interestingly, just a year later, Gylfi Sigurdsson was signed for a whopping £44.46 million (as per TransferMarkt) to Everton – and that makes Mane look like a steal on its own.
Significantly, Real Madrid have been linked with the attacking midfielder in recent weeks, and so if Liverpool were to sell him, they’d stand to make a rather significant profit.
However, selling him shouldn’t even be crossing the mind of the Reds. In Mane, they’ve got one of Europe’s brightest talents, and by bringing him in back in 2016 – when the jury was still out – Jurgen Klopp was likely able to save his team over £30 million. He clearly spotted the talent and the potential, and he made his move. In the modern market, it would be a surprise for him to sell for less than £80 million – and that shows how far he’s come.
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