Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has revealed what has surprised him about Sadio Mane since the Senagal international arrived at Anfield during the summer.
Like Lallana, Mane left Southampton to join the five-time Champions League winners and his £34 million transfer made him the most expensive African footballer in history at the time.
It's fair to say that the talented playmaker, who's been in fine form this season, took a long time to find his feet on Merseyside, but the same simply cannot be said for Mane.
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The 24-year-old forward has been outstanding on the right of a front three for the Reds and made an immediate impact, scoring four goals and providing two assists in his eight Premier League starts so far.
Lallana has admitted that he's been blown away at how quickly his new teammate has settled in at the club and that the quality of his performances thus far have taken him by surprise.
Per The Mirror, the 28-year-old Englishman told Sport Magazine: "I sit next to Sadio in the dressing room and I can't believe how quickly he's got into his rhythm. He's the Sadio we played against last season who was so good against us - especially at St Mary's."
Lallana was referring to Mane's brace against Jurgen Klopp's side in March which inspired the Saints to a 3-2 victory, having been 2-0 down at half-time, and all but ended Liverpool's chances of making the top four last season.
He continued: "Comparing it to myself, when I came in, it probably took me a bit more time to settle. So credit to him, because it's never easy coming to a big club."
Lallana on Liverpool not being in Europe
The fact that Liverpool finished eighth last season, coupled with their 3-1 Europa League final loss to Sevilla, means that they will play no part in any European competition this season.
As a result, Klopp has fewer games to rotate his squad, but Lallana believes that the strong competition for places has improved the quality of the team's training sessions.
"(Not being in Europe) means a lot of players could possibly not be playing, but it also means the quality in training and the fight for places is so big," the classy midfield man added.
"That's a good thing - it keeps everyone on their toes, so the standard in training is always at a high level. We're on the training pitch a lot more this season, which means we've got more days to be able to work on certain things tactically that the manager wants - and we're seeing that pay off."
Liverpool currently find themselves joint-top of the Premier League table alongside Manchester City and Arsenal following an excellent start to the campaign.
Next up for them is a trip to 11th placed Crystal Palace, who now have ex-Red Christian Benteke as well as the history of that dramatic 3-3 draw in 2014 on their side.
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