Sadio Mane's surprising statistics put him above Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres

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Jurgen Klopp's spending at Liverpool this summer was low compared to the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

However, the one signing the German decided to splash the cash on was Sadio Mane, who arrived from Southampton for £30 million in the summer.

And life for the Senegal international at Anfield could not have got off to a better start, and the stats prove he has been fine value for money.


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Mane scored with a top-class strike on his competitive Liverpool debut against Arsenal in the Premier League, in a 4-3 win, and has gone on to score a further four in the league this campaign.

But while it is Philippe Coutinho that currently tops the Reds' scoring charts in the early part of the season, thanks to his League Cup goal against Derby last month, it's Mane who is proving truly prolific up front for Liverpool in the league.

Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez have been two of Liverpool's best strikers in recent years, but despite the affection they received from Reds fans during their time at Anfield, Mane is already on course to exceed their achievements and is quickly becoming a fans' favourite.

Liverpool's goal-den boy

The 24-year-old winger has already produced a combined total of six goals and assists in eight league games for Liverpool, compared to the five both Torres and Suarez produced during their first eight games as a Red.

An opening-day goal was followed up by three goals and two assists in Mane's next seven league games, while both Suarez and Torres could only produce two goals, three assists and four goals, one assist, respectively.

It's a fine achievement for Mane, who has surpassed the early success of Torres, who netted 81 goals in 142 appearances, while Suarez produced 82 goals in 133 games - some of which so nearly guided Liverpool to their first league title success in the Premier League era.

Both Torres and Suarez have since earned Liverpool £125 million in transfer fees, and it is mind boggling to imagine what Mane's future value could rocket too, should his career progression at the Reds continue in a similar manner.

Long-term plans

However, Klopp will be having no such thoughts about what he could be worth to Liverpool, and has previously stated his intent for the club to keep ahold of their best assets, rather than sell them on, in order to boost the club's own chances of bringing the biggest silverware back to Anfield.

But Mane's early-season form, that currently sees the Reds third in the league, can't be recognised without also taking into account the partnership the Senegalese winger has struck up with Brazilian duo Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, also.

The trio's form so far this campaign has made Liverpool one of the highest-scoring teams in England, and as the months go on both Klopp and the fans will no doubt be dreaming of what could be, come the end of the campaign.

If not immediately convinced about his price tag upon his arrival on the Red side of Merseyside, Liverpool fans will sure be won over by now.

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