Thomas Dahne details changes Sadio Mane made to become one of world’s best

Sadio Mane’s former team-mate has explained the changes the Liverpool star has made to become one of the best players in the world.

After starting his career with Metz, Mane moved to RB Leipzig where he impressed with 31 league goals in 63 appearances.

That earned him a move to the Premier League with Southampton paying £11.8m for the Senegalese star.

After a strong two years on the south coast, Liverpool shelled out £34m on Mane and he has gone from strength to strength at Anfield.

And Thomas Dahne, who played alongside Mane in the 2012-13 season for Salzburg, believes Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is a key reason behind the 27-year-old’s rise.

Speaking to Goal and SPOX, Dahne said: "He was very inconspicuous, a calm guy.

"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?

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"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.

"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."

Mane had helped Liverpool to the top of the Premier League before the coronavirus pandemic meant professional football in England was halted until April 30 at the earliest.

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