Jan Molby says Sadio Mane's impact reminds him of an effect from a Liverpool legend

Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring their first goal

Molby has made the bold comparison that Sadio Mane has had the same effect on Liverpool as John Barnes did when he first signed back in 1987.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring their fourth goal with manager Juergen Klopp, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and teammatesLiverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring their fourth goal with manager Juergen Klopp, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and teammates

Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby compared summer signing Sadio Mane to Reds' legend John Barnes after Mane's debut performance against Arsenal last weekend. 

Mane was instrumental in Liverpool's 4-3 win over Arsenal on the opening weekend of the season at the Emirates Stadium - capping off his performance with a stunning strike. 

It is some feat to be compared to Barnes who went on to win the Football Writers Player of the Year on two occasions while at Anfield, as well as the Player's Player of the Year Award.

John Barnes - Liverpool in the dugout at AnfieldJohn Barnes - Liverpool in the dugout at Anfield

Molby wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "Mane produced a brilliant debut against Arsenal and it reminded me of the impact John Barnes made when he signed from Watford in 1987.

"Everyone was aware of Barnes but we didn’t really know just how good he was. It was the same with Mane this summer. Liverpool fans knew him from his time at Southampton and thought he was okay but many weren’t entirely convinced, especially at £30million.

"Klopp clearly saw something he liked and the early signs are that Mane will do a lot better than okay."

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with Sadio Mane after the matchLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with Sadio Mane after the match

It's one big comparison to make, especially given that Barnes was such a key part of what many view as the most entertaining and possibly devastating Liverpool side to have played the game in the 1987/88 season.

Nevertheless, it's clear that Mane is a signing that improves Liverpool and adds something they have been missing in terms of that pace in wide areas and more of a contribution in front of goal. 

Whether he has the kind of impact over the course of the season that could see him pick up the personal accolades that Barnes received, and the status from Liverpool fans as a result, remains to be seen.

Liverpool fans wouldn't mind a couple of the honours that Barnes won with the club also being added to Mane's name in the form league titles and domestic cup competitions.

Arsenal's Petr Cech concedes Liverpool's fourth goal scored by Sadio ManeArsenal's Petr Cech concedes Liverpool's fourth goal scored by Sadio Mane

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