Sadio Mane would surely not have expected to have had as big an impact at Liverpool as he already has, so early into his career on Merseyside.
The Senegalese attacking midfielder who signed for the Reds from Southampton in the summer for a fee of £34 million, has already become a fan favourite at the club, scoring three and assisting one in just seven games thus far.
He has seamlessly slotted into the starting XI and has already formed a devastating partnership in attack with the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino.
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The 24-year-old bagged an assist for his national side on Saturday night and is all too aware of how lucky he is to be doing the job he loves, report the Liverpool Echo.
“Some people say I don’t smile enough. I think that’s wrong. I’m usually smiling and having a laugh in training because I enjoy football,” he told Liverpool’s official magazine.
And Mane has admitted it is one Brazilian legend in particular that inspires him to go out and enjoy his football.
“Ronaldinho always did that and I’ve always tried to copy him. I think footballers have plenty of reasons to smile. We have a great job that everybody would like to have.”
Jurgen Klopp and the style of football he philosophies has been a major reason behind the success of Liverpool so far this season, having already scored 18 league goals this season in just seven games.
And Mane believes that the German's insistence that they play with freedom has really brought out the best in him and his attacking teammates.
“It’s a system where everybody knows their job. Roberto, Coutinho, Studge, Adam… we know each other’s game.
“It’s become easier for us thanks to working on it and we are enjoying playing this way. Whether I’m starting up front or out wide isn’t really the most important thing.
“The manager says be free and then get into dangerous areas where you can hurt the opposition.”
If he can continue his good early form throughout the course of the season, there's no reason why Liverpool can't challenge for the league title.
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