There have been a number of inspired signings since Jurgen Klopp joined Liverpool as manager three and a half years ago.
The likes of Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Fabinho have all been great pieces of business, but Reds legend Jamie Carragher thinks there has been one recruit that has topped them all.
Sadio Mane joined from Southampton in 2016 for £35m, and Carra believes the Senegalese international is Klopp’s best signing to date:
“He seems to go under the radar, certainly since Mo Salah came in, and you can understand that to a certain extent. But if you think about signings in the Jurgen Klopp era, I think he could be number one.”
“When he came it wasn’t the team it is now. He was the first big signing and Jurgen Klopp had to get that one right really. That signing virtually got Liverpool into the Champions League in Jurgen’s first full season.”
“I don’t think it’s a case of Mane being outstanding this season and not so much in other seasons, if you look at his period with Liverpool over the past three years he’s been very good every single season.”
Since arriving at Anfield, the forward has hit the back of the net 57 times in just 118 appearances. He was again in inspired form as Liverpool thrashed Huddersfield 5-0 on Friday night.
Mane scored two headed goals in the rout and was only prevented from getting a hat-trick when another header hit the post. His brace takes his tally to the season in the Premier League to 20, just one behind the top scorer, his teammate Mo Salah.