Sadio Mane excelled on Liverpool debut verses Arsenal, producing the kind of performance on the right wing that will hopefully help propel us to a top four finish this season.
The 24-year-old scored a wonder-goal and was a constant menace in Arsenal’s backline; stretching the game due to his willingness to pick up the ball on the half-turn and run at the back four.
And following his excellent outing, he’s said all the right things, too.
“I am very happy to be at Liverpool. As for the transfer fee it’s not a thing that is in my head. The most important thing is to give everything and be the best on the pitch,” he told the Mirror.
“I am really happy to score my first Premier League goal for Liverpool. I hope I will continue to find pleasure and give pleasure on the pitch too.
“It was important to get three points. It was important for our confidence and we will continue to work hard to be able to attain our objectives.
“It was not easy because we were facing a good team who play well on the ball and took advantage of their chances to score goals.”
The great thing about Mane is that he offers our starting XI something very different. Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino are technically superb and have bags of skill, but are not direct in their approach as attacking midfielders and don’t offer pace in behind.
Mane can get onto the shoulder of the last defender but also drop deep and run straight at defenders. What’s more, he scores goals – as his stupendous effort against the Gunners proves.
For Southampton last term he notched 15 in all competitions, and we’d be delighted if he could match or better that for Liverpool in 2016/17.