Video emerges showing the ‘match that made Liverpool buy Sadio Mane’

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Sadio Mane has been a magnificent player for Liverpool following his £34 million move from Southampton back in June 2016.

The Senegal international, who became the most expensive African player in history at the time following the completion of his big-money transfer, had shown his quality during his two-year spell with the Saints - but doubts still persisted over whether or not he could do it at the highest level.

It soon became abundantly clear, though, that Mane belonged at one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.

He netted 13 goals in 29 games during his debut campaign with the Reds, and improved on that tally by scoring 20 in all competitions last term.

Alongside Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, Mane became part of arguably the most fearsome three-pronged attack in European football.

Mane has continued his fine performances into the current campaign, scoring eight goals in 22 appearances, and there’s every chance he will finish the season as a Premier League champion.

Liverpool are currently six points clear at the top of the table but will need to keep all three of their star forwards fit between now and the end of the season in order to end their long wait for a Premier League trophy.

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Liverpool did extremely well to sign Mane, who was also on Manchester United’s radar, but do you know the specific match which convinced the Merseyside outfit to splash the cash on him?

Well, FCHD Football have posted Mane’s individual highlights from Liverpool’s 3-2 defeat away at Southampton back in March 2016 - the game they claim convinced Klopp to bring him to Anfield.

Liverpool led 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, but the match turned on its head when Mane entered the fray at half-time.

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He inspired the Saints to a 3-2 victory, scoring twice, condemning his future club to defeat in the process.

Watch Mane’s highlights from that afternoon here…

Remarkably, Klopp admitted he watched this YouTube video before Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Wolves last weekend.

The Reds’ boss insisted that he couldn’t even remember that Virgil van Dijk played for Southampton that afternoon, presumably because Mane was Southampton’s star performer.

Although he didn’t strictly admit that this *was* the game that convinced him to sign Mane, it’s clear that the former Southampton star made a huge impression on the German coach that day.

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