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Mane was brilliant against Burton.

Jurgen Klopp says he 'really likes' Sadio Mane

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Liverpool’s transfer activity may well have been overshadowed by the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t had a successful window.

Jurgen Klopp has moved to bring in Georginio Wijnaldum (£25m), Loris Karis (£5m), Ragnar Klavan (£4m), Joel Matip (free) and Alexander Manninger (free).

But there is one arrival that is already proving to be a very decent acquisition. That man is Sadio Mane, who arrived for a massive £34m this summer from Southampton.

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The winger impressed during his Premier League debut against Arsenal and scored a wonderful individual goal in the process during the 4-3 victory. He missed the 2-0 defeat to Burnley last weekend through a shoulder injury but returned to the starting line-up against Burton Albion.

He may not have got himself on the scoresheet during the 5-0 rout, but the 24-year-old was the best player on the pitch.

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Even Klopp admitted just how much he is enjoying Mane’s performances at the moment but admitted that it’s still early days in his Liverpool career.

Klopp on Mane

“I really like this player, but I don’t like to talk too much after only two games for him. It’s not that we have to pat ourselves on the back every day at signing him,” Klopp said.

Mane’s displays have certainly given Klopp plenty to think about in terms of selecting his side.

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Selection headache

With Mane pretty much a guaranteed starter at the moment, the German boss has to decide where the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge fit in around him.

While Coutinho wasn’t in the squad to face Burton, Firmino, Origi and Sturridge (twice) all scored against the Championship side.

The Reds will be looking to bounce from their defeat to Burnley when they travel to north London to face Tottenham on Saturday.

If Mane can continue his form, Danny Rose could in for a very tough afternoon.

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