By Harvey Byrne

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho says Sadio Mane is ‘too fast’ as the Brazilian looks forward to linking up with the Reds new-look attack.

The Senegal international was snapped up from Southampton in a move earlier this summer, while a £25million deal for Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle was also confirmed last week.

The Reds no.10 has already played alongside Mane in the friendly wins over Wigan and Huddersfield, and has enjoyed what he has seen so far.

“It’s been very good playing with Sadio so far, but if anything he’s too fast. That’s good because you need this in your game. Everyone is very happy with him – he is a nice guy and a very good player,” said the Brazilian to Liverpool’s official website.

“[The new signings are] very good for Liverpool and the squad because there is a good competition to play. Everybody wants to be involved and that’s good for the club.”

Mane has staked his claim in the last two years as one of the outstanding wide players in the Premier League and can provide Liverpool with a much-needed goal threat from an attacking midfield position.

He scored 13 goals and supplied nine assists from 40 matches in his debut campaign, and followed it up with an even more impressive 15 goals and nine assists from 43 matches in 2015-16.

Liverpool missed out on both Champions League and Europa League football last season and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that his first pre-season at the club will help them compete on all fronts in their next domestic campaign.

In other Liverpool team news, England manager Sam Allardyce has echoed the words of Reds manager Jurgen Klopp and urged the Premier League to introduce a winter break.