LIVERPOOL legend Phil Thompson is a big fan of Sadio Mane.
The 24-year-old arrived at Anfield in a £34m deal in June.
And he looks like he’ll more than live up to that whopping fee as long as continues his scintillating start to life on Merseyside.
Ever since he played a starring role in the Reds’ opening weekend win over Arsenal, the Senegal international has been a shining light in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
And it seems he’s impressed Thompson, who cemented his own place in Liverpool folklore during a 13-year spell with the five-time European Cup winners.
Asked to pick his top summer signing, the former centre-back told Sky Sports: “If you’re looking at a player who has transformed a side and injected what they needed then it’s Sadio Mane.
“People talk about this Liverpool team suddenly challenging for the title but what’s the difference really been? I think it’s all about Mane and the pace he has injected.
“It is the one thing this Liverpool team lacked. Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana have all been great but they were all there last year and he’s brought the best out of them.
“His pace to drag defenders back allows these players play and I think he’s had a massive impact. In a footballing sense, this guy does everything at 100 miles per hour.
“He destroyed Arsenal in that second half and all of us said he was overpriced but he’s looking like a snip at a fraction of Paul Pogba’s price.”
Mane will be hoping to make his mark once again when Manchester United visit Liverpool on Monday October 17.