Mane is quick.

Jamie Carragher challenges Sadio Mane to a race

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Although they may not admit it now, but some Liverpool fans weren’t convinced when they signed Sadio Mane for £34 million this summer.

The deal represented the club’s second biggest signing in the club’s history - just £1 million short of the amount they paid for Andy Carroll in January 2011.

But those supporters that were doubting Mane’s ability just a few months ago have already been proved wrong.

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The former Southampton star scored a magnificent individual goal against Arsenal on his Premier League debut and has followed that up another impressive display against Leicester which saw him score once and assist another.

It’s already looking like money very well spent by Jurgen Klopp.

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One of Mane’s main assets is his searing pace which can cause any Premier League defenders problems - something we’ve already seen in the opening four matches his campaign.

A defender that would have struggled against Mane’s pace is Jamie Carragher. Carragher is a Liverpool legend, making 737 appearances in all competitions, but he certainly wasn’t the fastest player in the world.

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So, when he went to Melwood to meet Mane, the last thing he would have wanted was a foot race. However, that’s exactly what he proposed.

But Carragher made a career of defending against strikers that were quicker than him in some way or another and had a plan to beat Mane. Not only did he start ahead of him, but he obstructed him and managed to actually reach the wall before Mane.

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Mane will be hoping he can trouble Gary Cahill and David Luiz in the Chelsea defence tonight as Liverpool head to Stamford Bridge for Friday Night Football.

And the 24-year-old is hoping he can continue his remarkable record against Antonio Conte’s side.

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“I think I can say I’ve never lost against Chelsea and hopefully that’s going to continue,” he said.

“Chelsea are a big team and we will respect them. I think we will be ready for the game and will give our best for the club and the fans.”

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