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He was voted 2nd best keeper in the Bundesliga last season by his fellow professionals.

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He was voted 2nd best keeper in the Bundesliga last season by his fellow professionals.

I was kinda referring to the posters on here, unless Molby was expecting German footballers to read the forum and reply

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He was voted 2nd best keeper in the Bundesliga last season by his fellow professionals.

First is everything, second is nothing.

Somebody tell that to the c*nt.

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He's not mignolet.

 

Question is how many keepers do we need to ruin before someone questions the coach?

How many have we ruined?

 

Another question could be, how many managers have to keep faith with a coach before fans admit that it isn't an issue?

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Another question could be, how many managers have to keep faith with a coach before fans admit that it isn't an issue?

Indeed

 

and Mignolet hasn't been ruined. He had major flaws to his game when he was signed. He's improved, particularly under Klopp

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How many have we ruined?

 

Another question could be, how many managers have to keep faith with a coach before fans admit that it isn't an issue?

That's a very good point....

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Favourite bit today was even as he was being played in on the right wing he was waving at them to get into the middle, like I'm quicker than yous so get your skates on.

 

Direct isn't he? Just seems to really like heading towards goal as soon as poss.

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Favourite bit today was even as he was being played in on the right wing he was waving at them to get into the middle, like I'm quicker than yous so get your skates on.

 

Direct isn't he? Just seems to really like heading towards goal as soon as poss.

Exactly what we need. Looking forward to following his progress with us.

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Favourite bit today was even as he was being played in on the right wing he was waving at them to get into the middle, like I'm quicker than yous so get your skates on.

Direct isn't he? Just seems to really like heading towards goal as soon as poss.

Ha I noticed that too.

 

Anyone not excited by his signing is a fool. I mean I wasn't at the time but did not state it on the Internet so I think I got away with it

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Exclusive: Liverpool midfield star Sadio Mane talks one-on-one to our man Paul Joyce

 

SADIO MANE is passed a piece of paper with a list of names on. He studies it briefly and then screws up his face, buries his head in his hands and giggles with embarrassment.

 

The roll call provides a comparison of Premier League goals in the last two seasons from David Silva, Christian Eriksen, Eden Hazard, Wayne Rooney, Riyad Mahrez and Mane himself. 

 

Liverpool’s new number 19 is at the top of that exclusive group, level with the Leicester title winner, on 21 strikes.

 

“I didn’t realise I had scored more goals than famous players like that,” he says. “I don’t feel am I among those players yet. One of my objectives is to get there.

 

“I actually believe that my work starts now. I am not thinking, ‘I’m at Liverpool Football Club (I have made it)’. I am thinking, ‘I am at Liverpool, the work is beginning.’

 

“In my mind I don’t think I have done anything. Everything that has gone before is the past. Now is the start of things.”

 

Liverpool will admire his honesty and humility and then hope, with the greatest respect, his perception of where he stands in the natural order is skewed.

 

Jurgen Klopp sees Mane, recruited from Southampton for £30m, as the game-changer.

 

The player whose pace, power, threat and willingness to affect matches adds a different dimension to the club’s roster of attacking players. Put simply, someone who can help turn outsiders into contenders and make the difference. 

 

The Emirates on Sunday afternoon against a depleted Arsenal rearguard would be a good place to begin, the smattering of stardust Mane sprinkled in the friendly rout of Barcelona last weekend merely whetting the appetite for what should be to come.

 

Arsene Wenger can hardly have ignored events at Wembley when Mane opened the scoring and created the second in a resounding 4-0 success, though that was not the first time he left Catalans feeling scorched.

 

One of Mane’s breakthrough performances came for Red Bull Salzburg, who played a pressing game under coach Roger Schmidt, in the final game of the winter break in the 2013-14 when he left Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich trailing in his slipstream.

 

Go on YouTube and the footage is there. Mane coolly dispatches the first beyond the helpless Manuel Neuer, draws a penalty from the lumbering Dante for the second and delivers the cross for the third. Guardiola, all frantic hand movements on the sidelines, had not even seen his team reach half-time. 

 

Liverpool were already tracking Mane by then – Klopp was, too, at Borussia Dortmund – having been alerted to his talents at the Olympics in London in 2012 when he played for Senegal.

 

But it was that menacing display, plus eye-catching performances in the Europa League against Ajax, that convinced them he could play at a higher level and that he should remain on their radar.

 

Having discussed at the likes of Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Ahmed Musa (all now in the Premier League) during last season, the decision to push for Mane was partly driven by his experience, flexibility of position while, at the age of 24, there remains potential for growth.

 

It is a deal recognised as astute beyond Anfield’s parameters. Still, Thierry Henry’s glowing assessment this week that Mane, not Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic or other more high-profile figures in the transfer merry-go-round, can emerge as the Player of the Season was unexpected.

 

Mane comes over all sheepish again.

 

“I am pleased to hear that,” said the attacker. “Thierry Henry is one of the monuments in the game and when he says something like that it gives me extra motivation.

 

“I don’t feel that it brings extra pressure for me to do. It is more that it means I need to focus in order to do well. The pressure comes from within.

 

“But, for me, I would rather think of the team of Liverpool as heroes, not just one individual. Maybe the other teams have bought more expensive players, but here what we are about is the collective. The group of players. That is what the coach says.

 

“He involves everyone so it is a team approach. The competition for places is positive. There is no in-fighting. It just tries to get the best out of you.”

 

Further evidence came on Wednesday night when Klopp, his staff and the entire first team squad went out to Bacaro in Liverpool city centre for a meal and team bonding ahead of the onset of the new campaign.

 

Interestingly, the food bill was footed by Martin Skrtel, now of Fenerbahce, who never had the chance to say goodbye to his former team-mates having departed in the summer.

 

“The meal was great,” said Mane, who is acclimatising to life in the city with his girlfriend. “All the players were there, it was a great idea because it gave us time to speak to each other away from football and get to know each other. A chance to introduce the new players like myself.

 

“The city is warm from what I can tell. I like the personalities.”

 

And Herr Klopp? Has Mane had the hug yet?

 

“He is a good person,” he said. “He is quite demanding but in a positive sense. He pushes you to do better, but I see him as a good person.

 

“Because I am a young player I can improve in all aspects in my game. Everything, across the board. I wouldn’t say there is just one area.

 

“It hasn’t been easy in my career. I realised the value of working hard and that is what I will always do. It is inside me. It is in my veins. That is the way I am

 

“Yes I have had a hug! He is like that with everyone.

 

“I would like to repeat the game against Barcelona in the matches now. I am ready.

 

“We are all ready. We are all up for it.”

 

Consistency is key, although he is not alone at Liverpool in that sense. The criticism at Southampton was that he blew hot and cold and if the top four is to hone into view Mane cannot be lauded one week and the player his team-mates want to throw their boots at the next.

 

He is asked if he has a message for the supporters who have quickly taken to him and, having spoken in French through an interpreter until then, breaks into English for the first time.

 

“I promise them I will give my best until the end of the season,” he says before getting up to leave.

 

Klopp hopes that will be enough.

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