With Liverpool’s pre-season preparations well and truly underway, we continue to take a closer look at the signings that our club has made over the summer. While the last article featured an in-depth analysis of Marko Grujic and Joel Matip, today we’ll be taking a look at Loris Karius and Sadio Mane.
- Loris Karius
The 23-year-old German became, at least technically, Liverpool’s first signing of the close season after his arrival was confirmed on the 24th of May. Brought in for an unremarkable 4.7m pounds, Karius has the weight of the world on his shoulders after being hand-picked to solve the goalkeeping crisis that has plagued us ever since Pepe Reina’s last season with us.
While we’ve not been able to see much of the German, it would be fair to say that the player looks to be a confident individual judging by the basis of his performances in our first three friendly matches. Karius was not really tested in any of these matches, but he appears to be a good shot stopper who has an eye for a pass. His ability in the air also seems decent even though it has to be said again that we haven’t really seen the former Mainz man tested too much.
Karius also seems to be a super-confident individual who appears to be really calm and composed. Despite all his composure, the most memorable moment from his early Liverpool days would have to be the horrendous slip-up that he had during the second-half of our win against Wigan.
Looking ahead, it would be fair to say that Liverpool’s new goalkeeping recruit looks to be a step in the right direction regardless of the Wigan gaffe and we hope that he can live up to the tremendous expectation that we Kopites have from him.
- Sadio Mane
Liverpool signed Senegal international Sadio Mane from Southampton for a whopping 34m pounds to make the 24-year-old our second most expensive signing of all time and also our most expensive African footballer. The former Metz and Red Bull Salzburg forward is being considered to be a stupendous signing and could turn out to be our only marquee signing of the summer.
Mane comes to Liverpool after making 75 appearances for Southampton over a period of two seasons. During his time in the South Coast, Mane scored 25 times and assisted a further 13 goals as he saw his stock rise to unimaginable heights. We Reds are very well aware of what Mane is capable of after he almost single-handedly turned the game around as the Saints overturned a two-goal lead to beat us 3-2 at St. Mary’s.
On the basis of his performances in our friendlies thus far, it’s easy to say that Mane is a brilliant addition to our team. He is fast, powerful and has an eye for goal. Unlike Nearly-there-Lallana, Mane is a goal threat and he is already one of those gifted individuals who has the ability to turn a game around on its head. Great things are expected from Mane and it is to be hoped that Klopp is able to get the best out of the former Saints man.
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