Liverpool boss Klopp: I've followed Mane's progress since the 2012 Olympics

The Anfield boss is excited to get down to business after the Reds signed a player he has been keeping tabs on for the last four years

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted he has been watching new signing Sadio Mane for many years.

The Anfield outfit announced the signing of the 24-year-old attacker on Tuesday, with the former Southampton man signing a five-year deal.

And Klopp is overjoyed that Reds have done the business quickly as he prepares his squad for his first full season in charge.

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“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," he told

“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.”