By Dominic Toner
Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane has recalled his excitement when he nearly linked up with Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund.
Current Reds boss Klopp took charge of 318 games for German outfit Dortmund and held discussions to sign Mane, who was playing for Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg at the time.
The pair have linked up together now at Liverpool and have played a crucial role in the club reaching the summit of the Premier League.
Mane has revealed that Klopp wanted to sign him in the past and is thrilled to finally play under him.
“I was so excited. I couldn’t believe it – that he (Klopp) wanted to meet and thought I could help his team, who were so good. I used to watch them all the time,” Mane told football website Goal. “Things didn’t work out back then and it was frustrating, but that’s life – nothing just comes easy.
“I told myself to just carry on working hard, push myself and something big would come. I did that. I went to Southampton, I played well and then, Klopp wanted me again.”
Liverpool completed the £34million signing for Mane in the summer transfer window from Southampton.
The 24-year-old has settled extremely quickly at Anfield, scoring six goals and supplying four assists in his opening 11 matches across all competitions.
He has forged a deadly partnership in attack with Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, which has played a major role in the club’s recent success.
Klopp’s side are now considered as serious title contenders and are currently one point above second-placed Chelsea, who are also benefit from non European commitments this season.
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