Liverpool's latest signing Sadio Mane has revealed that he rejected offers from other clubs in order to join the Reds. The 24-year-old arrived at Anfield from Southampton on 28 June and has signed a long-term contract with the Merseyside club.
According to The Sun, the Merseyside club's arch-rivals Manchester United were also interested in bringing the Senegalese international to Old Trafford this summer. The Red Devils have long been chasing the forward and saw their bid turned down by the Saints last summer and also in the January transfer window.
Mane also revealed how Jurgen Klopp convinced him to join him at Anfield and confirmed the former Borussia Dortmund manager had a huge role in his decision to sign for the Reds. He believes Liverpool is the right club for him and is delighted to complete his move before the start of the pre-season training.
"I knew Liverpool were interested in me, I had some [other] opportunities, but I think for me this is the right club, the right coach and the right moment to change. I am very happy to be a part of Liverpool Football Club," Mane told Liverpool's official website.
"I spoke with him and he played a big role in my coming to Liverpool. I want to thank him for all the confidence [in me] and I am looking forward to working harder, to giving my best for the club."
"He said he wanted me to come to play for Liverpool. I didn't even have to ask myself, I said straight away 'yes, I am interested' because I know Liverpool. I am convinced Liverpool are the right club for me with the right coach."
"Yes. I am happy because it is not easy if you start [pre-season training] after [your teammates]. But because I have signed today, I will start with the team and this makes me more happy. I can't wait to work with my teammates."
Mane was Southampton's leading goalscorer with 15 goals in all competitions last season. He is confident of emulating his last season's form at Liverpool.
"Yes, absolutely," he said, when asked if he was confident of replicating his Southampton form for Liverpool.
"I am happy because as a striker - and not only for me, but for all strikers - it is very important for you to score for your team. Now I am looking forward to working with my new teammates, to playing with my team and trying to help each other to push the club upwards."