liverpool mane £30million

Sadio Mane has completed his £30million move to Liverpool from Southampton.

The forward travelled up to Merseyside on Monday to undergo a medical and thrash out personal terms with chief executive Ian Ayre.

Those formalities went through without a hitch and Mane penned a five-year contract with the Reds and will wear the No 19 shirt.

He is the fourth new recruit under Jurgen Klopp’s charge, following Marko Grujic, Joel Matip and Loris Karius to Anfield ahead of the German’s first full campaign at the helm.

Mane’s pace, pressing, versatility, propensity for shots inside the box, dribbling strength and combined 21-goal tally over the past two Premier League seasons distinguished him as one of Liverpool’s priorities in the market.

He becomes the fifth player to join Liverpool from Saints in the last two years. Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are still at Anfield, while Rickie Lambert moved on to West Brom after just one season with his boyhood favourites.

Mane told Liverpool’s website: “Today is a big day and I am very happy to sign for one of the biggest clubs in Europe. It’s a club that has won a lot of trophies and has a big history.

“Now I am looking forward to meeting all the staff and my team-mates and starting the season.”

The fee makes Mane the club’s second most expensive signing, behind only Andy Carroll.

The Senegal international has scored 21 Premier League goals in 67 games since signing for Southampton for £11.8m from Red Bull Salzburg two years ago.

The forward also has 36 caps for Senegal and has scored 10 goals for his country.