Martin King outlines why Sadio Mané will prove to be a perfect addition to the Liverpool team.
It’s been well over a week since Sadio Mané became Liverpool’s first major signing of the summer and despite the news recieving a mixed reaction from fans and experts, the positive has outweighed the negative.
The latest bit of positive reaction has come from one of the Senegalese winger’s former coaches in Oliver Glasner, who Mané played under at former club Red Bull Salzburg. The former Salzburg assistant manager believes Mané will fit in perfectly with manager Jürgen Klopp’s style of football, thanks to a couple of attributes.
“He’s the type of player who fits perfectly in the philosophy of Jürgen Klopp,” Glasner told ESPN FC.
“We always used GPS in training and afterwards the data [said] he was one of the players who ran the most in every training [session].
“He works a lot for the team in defence, which is very important for Liverpool. He’s used to doing this from Red Bull Salzburg. He wants to do this because he knows that he will profit, so then he can score goals and make a lot of assists.”
Klopp said back in April that he is only interested in buying players who are willing to “push the train, not jump on the running train”. The German boss was, of course, alluding to players being undeterred by the club’s lack of Champions League football next season and showing a willingness to lead the side back to it’s glory days and Europe’s elite club competition.
However, it’s also fair to say that the 49-year-old was alluding to his interest in players who snub complacency in favour of hard work and a desire for improvement. Judging by what Mané used to get up to after training at Salzburg, according to Glasner, the former Southampton man has that quality, showing just why Klopp was so keen to secure his signature.
“After training he tried to improve his shooting and he stayed on the pitch for maybe 20 or 30 minutes and tried dribbling inside from the left wing and shooting. This was his mentality. He wanted to improve.
“I think if he can play always on his highest level then it will be a big step for him. Playing with Liverpool and Klopp is the best for him.”
Having already spent two prosperous years in English plying his trade, a move to Anfield looks a good step for Mané and Reds’ fans can be sure it won’t take him too long to settle in.
The Merseyside club begin their pre-season with a friendly at National League side Tranmere Rovers on Friday and there’s already plenty of excitement surrounding the match, as the striker is in contention to make his Liverpool debut. All things certainly point to a successful one.