Jon Flanagan says Sadio Mane is top class

Liverpool's Jon Flanagan in action with West Ham's Enner Valencia

Sadio Mane recently joined Liverpool from Southampton in the summer transfer window.

Liverpool's Jon Flanagan in action with Watford's Jose Jurado

Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan has told The Liverpool Echo that Sadio Mane will prove to be a good signing for the club.

Mane recently joined Merseyside outfit Liverpool from Premier League rivals Southampton in the summer transfer window.

According to BBC Sport, the Reds had to pay the Saints a transfer fee of £34 million to secure the services of the Senegal international winger. It has been reported that the transfer fee could rise to £36m.

Sadio Mane scores the third goal for Southampton

England international full-back Flanagan, who is 23 years of age, believes that Mane will prove to be a success at Anfield.

“He has pace and power, and he’s a great finisher as well,” Flanagan told The Liverpool Echo about Mane. “I’ve seen it already in training this week. He’s a top class player and I think he’s going to be a great asset for us this season.”

Sadio Mane scores the fourth goal for Southampton

Mane scored 11 goals and created 41 chances in 37 Premier League matches for Southampton during the 2015-16 season.

The former Red Bull Salzburg winger had a pass accuracy of 81% and a shot accuracy of 52%, and won 26 headers, 77 dribbles and 39 tackles.

During the 2014-15 campaign, Mane, who is 24 years of age, scored 10 goals and created 40 chances in 30 Premier League matches for the Saints.

Liverpool, who have already started pre-season training, will be looking to finish in the top four of the Premier League during the 2016-17 campaign.

Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring the first goal for Southampton

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