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Jurgen Klopp explains why he decided to spend £30m to secure Liverpool's latest Southampton signing

Published 28/06/2016 | 17:27

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE)Sadio Mane new signing of Liverpool at Melwood Training Ground on June 28, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE)Sadio Mane new signing of Liverpool at Melwood Training Ground on June 28, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The announcement of Sadio Mane's transfer to Liverpool would have caused a certain sense of Deja vu for Reds fans.

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Mane's arrival represents the third summer in-a-row that Liverpool have signed a Southampton player, and the third time that they have spent big money to secure a Saint.

In 2014, ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers brought three to Anfield, using the windfall from Luis Suarez's sale to buy Rickie Lambert (£4m), Dejan Lovren (£20m) and Adam Lallana (£25m).

Last summer, defender Nathaniel Clyne (£12.5m) was added and today it was confirmed that Senegalese winger Sadio Mane will join the club for a fee in the region of £30m.

That is a lot of money for Jurgen Klopp to spend - it represents the third most expensive Liverpool signing of all time, and fans will be hoping that Mane turns out better than one and two - Andy Carroll and Christian Benteke respectively.

Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com, the manager explained why he decided to spend so much money on Mane, describing some of the qualities that he feels the attacker can bring to his team while also revealing that he has been monitoring him for a number of years.

“I have followed Sadio for a lot of years since his impressive performances in the Olympics in 2012, and then watched his development in Austria and in his time at Southampton," Klopp said.

“Since I came here I have spoken to the staff a lot about him and have always felt he could be a very good signing for us. He has a lot of quality, works hard and has a very good goalscoring record.

“When I spoke to him I could tell that he was passionate about joining the club and playing for our fantastic fans. I think they will be just as excited about seeing him put on a Liverpool shirt as I am.

“It is great that we have managed to sign him so he can work with us from the first day of pre-season.”

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