Thierry Henry praises Sadio Mane's start to Liverpool career

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Liverpool's impressive start to the 2016/17 campaign has been enough for many bookies to label them second favourites for the title, prior to Monday night's clash with Manchester United.

Much of their form has been put down to Jurgen Klopp's high pressing style of play but there's no doubt the German's canny summer additions have enabled Liverpool to flourish in his intense system.

Klopp was particularly prudent with his signings of Joel Matip, Loris Karius and Ragnar Klavan but, despite it still being so early on in the campaign, it looks like they have also got very good value for money from their most expensive summer purchase.

Sadio Mane followed in the footsteps of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne when he arrived from Southampton for over £30 million in June.

Nevertheless, where such a heavy price tag can sometimes prove a burden for a new signing, Mane has thrived under the pressure as his contribution of three goals and an assist from just six games has shown.

The 24-year-old's seamless transition to life on Merseyside has made quite the impression on Thierry Henry.

Ahead of Liverpool's clash with Man United, Henry picked out Mane as one of the potential match winners and even claimed he would not have wanted to come up against the Senegalese international when he was playing.

"No disrespect to Southampton, you can clearly see he does it to another level now with better players around him," Henry told Sky Sports.

"I wouldn’t like to play against him. He’s always coming back.

"And, something that’s been gone in the game, he wants the ball at his feet, but he also wants to run in behind, every single time, and that creates fear."

It isn't just Mane's ability on the ball that has endeared him to the Liverpool fans but his pace is also a key asset when the team are trying to retrieve possession.

Along with Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum, keeping the ball at Anfield can look almost impossible at times.

And Jose Mourinho's side will have keep Mane quiet throughout the game to have any chance on getting a result on Monday night.

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