Sadio Mane has revealed that Jurgen Klopp had a go at signing him while he was manager of Borussia Dortmund.
Liverpool signed Sadio Mane in the summer transfer window for a fee that will rise to £36 million, but it’s not the first time Jurgen Klopp has tried to get the pacy forward to join his team.
Mane told BBC Sport, as reported by the Mirror, “Before I came here, I had the chance to meet him when he was at Borussia Dortmund.
“I was at Red Bull Salzburg and he tried to sign me – but it didn’t happen and that is football.
“He is a good manager and he is someone who likes his players. At the end of last season, he called me and told me he wanted me to come to Liverpool.
“I said straightaway that I want to come. It was the right time and right coach for me. I am very happy to be here.”
Despite only having played six Premier League games for Liverpool, Mane has been one of the side’s best players and has warranted his behemoth of a transfer fee. The former Southampton winger has scored three goals and assisted one already this season and is a crucial component of the Reds’ attacking unit.
Although many supporters were wary of splurging on a player who is considered to be relatively inconsistent, Mane has shot down his critics with some superb displays in a red shirt and Klopp will be hoping his marquee signing will come up with the goods against Manchester United on Monday.
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