Mamadou Sakho, Liverpool’s much-loved French centre-half, has spoken to Senegalese TV about our new £30m signing Sadio Mane.
The club announced a five-year deal for the 24-year-old flyer yesterday, making Mane the first marquee appointment under Jurgen Klopp and one of our most expensive transfers of all time.
Sakho has played against the winger a few times, on the end of a particularly superb showing back in March – where a Mane double inspired Southampton to come back from two goals down to beat us 3-2 at St. Mary’s.
“We met two or three times on the pitch and in the tunnel,” the defender told RTS 1 en Direct in Senegal.
“It’s already been four years that I’ve been at this fantastic club and he will discover that by himself!”
Sakho is still waiting on UEFA’s final verdict regarding his potential ban having tested positive for a banned substance – although his lawyers have argued that the fat burner shouldn’t have been on the banned list in the first place.
If Sakho receives positive news, he’ll be available to join up with Mane and the rest of his team-mates on the first day of pre-season, having missed Euro 2016 with France.
Mane, being African and not having played internationally over the summer, is similarly ready to hit the ground running – and if Klopp can improve him how he’s improved the likes of Emre Can, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana – we could have some player on our hands.