Liverpool, June 29: Premier League giants Liverpool FC have successfully roped in Senegalese striker Sadio Mane from Southampton for a staggering £34m.The length of the deal is yet to be revealed by the club who have just mentioned that the forward has signed a long term deal.
As per Mane's contract the transfer fee might go up to £36m which would make him the club's most expensive signing, the previous one being Andy Carrol when he was signed from Newcastle United for £35m.
After officially signing for the club the former Southampton striker spoke to the club's official website. He said: "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."
Liverpool have been raiding Southampton since 2014. Sadio Mane becomes fifth Southampton player to join Liverpool, the previous ones are Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Ricky Lambert and Nathaniel Clyne.
The 24-year-old striker becomes Liverpool's fourth signing this season after Mario Grujic from Red Star Belgrade, Joel Matip from Schalke and Loris Karius from Mainz 05.
The Reds boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that he has always been a keen admirer of the striker since the last four years when he saw him play for Senegal at the London Olympics.
Klopp said: "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.
"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 goal scoring 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."