Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan has hailed the club's new signing Sadio Mane as a 'great player' and insisted that he will prove a fine asset for the club this season.
Mane, 24, signed for the Merseyside outfit in a big money deal from Southampton last week and it's fair to say that Flanagan, who spent the majority of last season out on the sidelines through injury, is excited to be linking up with him.
In fact, Flanagan has suggested that the club's new recruit has already been showing what he can do in training this week.
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The defender has also recalled the day Mane came off the bench for Saints to help them come from two-nil down to win by three goals to two against the Reds.
“Don’t remind me about that game!” Flanagan told the ECHO.
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Praise for Mane
“He showed that day what a great player he is. We saw that regularly from him in the Premier League last season.
“He has pace and power, and he’s a great finisher as well.
“I’ve seen it already in training this week. He’s a top class player and I think he’s going to be a great asset for us this season.”
But Mane isn't the only new signing impressing Flanagan right now; the Merseyside club have also landed the trio of Loris Karius, Marko Grujic and Joel Matip in this transfer window and the talented full-back has heaped praise for the way they have conducted themselves in the early stages of their Liverpool career.
“They are all good lads who are settling in well,” he added.
“Matip is a big lad who is great on the ball. They all seem top players.
“We can’t dwell on what happened at the end of last season. We have to put that behind us and crack on. The signings can help us have a better season in the league and a couple of good runs in the cups.”
What to expect?
On the day that manager Jurgen Klopp has signed a new long-term deal on Merseyside, what should Liverpool fans be hoping for ahead of the new campaign?
There may be one or two hoping for a title charge next term, but that's surely out of the question for now. Klopp clearly has a plan, but it's not one that will fully be implemented in a short space of time.
There will be a number of ups and downs along the way, but there's every chance that Klopp will once again build a brilliant team at Anfield. For now, though, a focus has to be on getting back into the Champions League.
Where will Liverpool finish in the Premier League this season? Have your say below!