Was this the day Klopp decided to pursue Mane?

Sadio Mane scores the third goal for Southampton

He joined Liverpool on a five-year contract earlier today.

Sadio Mane scores the fourth goal for Southampton

Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring the second goal for Southampton

Liverpool have completed the signing of Sadio Mane, who joined the Reds for £30 million today.

The jet-heeled Senegalese forward has netted 24 goals in all competitions for Southampton following his switch from Red Bull Salzburg two years ago.

The 24-year-old represents an exciting signing for Liverpool and manager Jurgen Klopp has seen first hand just what he is capable of.

Back in March, Klopp's Liverpool went down 3-2 at Southampton in a game which saw Mane score twice - including an 86th-minute winner - as the Saints came from 2-0 down in a dramatic second-half showing at St Mary's.

Mane, who also missed a penalty, demonstrated his explosive pace and composure that day with two excellent finishes with his so-called weaker foot and maybe, just maybe, the German manager decided then that he wanted him on Merseyside.

 

That Mane jetted away from a defender as good as Mamadou Sakho for both goals will have only reinforced Klopp's desire to bring him to Liverpool.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with Alberto Moreno and Kolo Toure at the end of the match

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

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