Brendan Rodgers opted out of signing Sadio Mane

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Senegal international Sadio Mane has completed a high-profile transfer from Southampton to Liverpool. 

The 24-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-year deal at Anfield ahead of the 2016/17 campaign. 

It has been documented, as per Sky Sports, that the Merseyside outfit have spent as much as £34 million on the winger's signature. 


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Mane has, of course, quickly established himself as a fine player in England's elite division and will now be hoping to kick on under Jurgen Klopp's guidance. 

Interestingly, though, the wide-man could have joined the ranks at Liverpool much sooner - and probably for a much cheaper price. 

Rodgers rejected Mane 

According to the Liverpool Echo, scouts of the club watched the versatile midfielder in action two years ago.

Ultimately, though, Brendan Rodgers, who was in charge of the Reds at the time, opted out of pursuing Mane, who eventually signed for Southampton. 

There may be a worry, then, that it was members of the Liverpool hierarchy - and not Klopp - who opted to take the final steps to sign Mane in this transfer window. 

Klopp's decision 

But the Liverpool Echo go on to report that it was very much Klopp's decision to recruit the talented wide-man. 

Indeed, the report claims that Mane was on the German coach's radar while he was starring for Red Bull Salzburg.

That's certainly good news for Liverpool supporters, who will be desperate to see Klopp build a strong team ahead of the new season. 

Mane may have had problems with consistency over the past two years, but he certainly has a great deal of potential. It's now up to Klopp to turn him into a top, top player for the Reds. 

Mane has his say 

The player himself is certainly pleased to have completed the transfer, claiming that Liverpool are 'one of the biggest clubs in Europe'.

He stated, as per the club's official site: “Today is a big day and I am very happy to sign for one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

“It’s a club that has won a lot of trophies and has a big history.

“Now I am looking forward to meeting all the staff and my teammates and starting the season.”

It will certainly be interesting to see how Klopp utilises his new signing in the new season. The Reds have a number of technically-gifted playmakers in their ranks, so Mane should offer something different to the cause. 

Do you think Mane will be a good signing for Liverpool? Have your say below! 

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Steven Gerrard
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