Sadio Mane former team-mate provides fascinating insight amid Real Madrid transfer links

Sadio Mane may be recognised across the world as one of the best players in the world but Thomas Dahne has explained how the Senegal international went almost under the radar during their time together at Red Bull Salzburg. Liverpool snapped up Mane from Southampton in 2016 and the attacker has grown from strength to strength in every department.

His performances have helped Liverpool clinch their sixth Champions League trophy as well as putting them on the cusp of winning a first top flight title in 30 years.

The latter may have to wait given the suspension of the Premier League campaign because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But Mane has once again been at the forefront of Liverpool’s success this season.

The 27-year-old has equally proven to be one of the most respected players in the Liverpool dressing room, something that transcends back to his days in the Austrian Bundesliga with Red Bull Salzburg.

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It was in Austria where Mane was able to hone his skills which acted as the springboard for his development.

Such has been his rise to stardom since then though, there have been multiple reports linking him with a big-money move to Real Madrid.

However, Dahne suggests Mane’s best bet would be to stay at Liverpool and continue working with Jurgen Klopp who he credits as getting the best out of the winger.

“He was very inconspicuous, a calm guy,” he told Goal and SPOX.

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“The only time he was noticed was on the field, you could see immediately that he was up to it.

“He is now one of the stars of the Premier League and a Champions League winner.

“When he came in 2012, you could already imagine that he could be really good, but that he’d be one of the 10 best players in the world eight years later? That was of course difficult to predict due to his age.

“If he had the ball at his feet and started to dribble, phew, it was as quick as lightning.

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“As such, he was the same player he is today, of course at a different level in terms of quality.

“Klopp took him to a completely different level.

“He generally seemed very introverted to us and he’s humble, you can see that from all the charitable work he does for his home country.”

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