The Senegal international is one of the best attackers in the world but it hasn’t always been easy going for him as he told France Football.

The former Southampton winger joined Liverpool in 2016 for a reported £34m fee and has since exploded into a world-class attacker thanks to Jurgen Klopp’s coaching.

Last season, he won his first Premier League Golden Boot as he scored a brace on the final day of the season to tie Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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Salah told France Football: “I prepared everything thoroughly, knowing that I did not have any money at all. The day before, I hid in the tall grass, in front of the house, my sports bag with so as not to be surprised when I left.

“Early the next morning, around 6:00 am, I brushed my teeth and did not even take a shower. I left without warning anyone except my best friend. I walked for a long time before finding a friend who lent me some money to take a bus to Dakar.

 

“There, I was greeted by a family I did not know. I immediately participated in training sessions with teams but my parents were looking for me everywhere. ”

Mane goes on to say that he returned home but only after his parents agreed that he could give becoming a professional footballer a try and thank goodness they did.

Sadio Mane.

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The Liverpool no.10 is one of the club’s most important players and is worth his weight in gold to both the supporters and the Melwood coaching staff.

Without his form in 2019, the Reds would have been out of the title race several weeks before the final day of the season not to mention the impact he had on Liverpool being named European Champions.

There is no doubt that he will again play a vital role next season but this time he will hopefully be able to guide his side above Manchester City and help his side win the Premier League.

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