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Sadio Mane’s five best moments from his five years at Liverpool including dream debut

It’s five rollercoaster years since Sadio Mane swapped the south Coast for Merseyside in 2016.

The Senegal international arrived at Liverpool from Southampton in 2016, describing his new side as ‘one of the biggest clubs in Europe.’

And the forward has validated that statement by becoming one of the key figureheads in Jurgen Klopp’s remarkable journey to domestic and European glory.

But few could have imagined the elite superstar he has evolved into during his time at Anfield.

The 29-year-old will go down in history with supporters, regardless of future outcomes at the club.

Daily Star Sport remembers five of Mane’s most memorable moments at Liverpool.

1. Dream Debut

Sadio Mane had a dream start to his Liverpool career

Mane became one of the most expensive African players in history after his switch five years ago but questions were still raised over his suitability.

But any fears had disappeared when the winger crashed home Liverpool’s winning goal in a thrilling 4-3 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates.

It was a sign of things to come for Mane as he made his mark in the opening Premier League encounter.

2. Champions League hero

Sadio Mane lifted the Champions League trophy in 2019
Sadio Mane lifted the Champions League trophy in 2019

There can be few more memorable moments in your career than scoring a goal in the Champions League final.

Unfortunately Mane’s goal against Real Madrid in Kiev May 2018 was in vain after Loris Karius’ clangers.

But just 12 months later, Klopp’s men secured their sixth Champions League crown with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham in Madrid, giving Mane his moment as king of Europe.

3. Ballon d’Or nomination

Mane’s evolution into a world star was proven with his nomination for the sport’s most coveted individual prize.

The forward finished fourth in the 2019 Ballon d’Or votes, behind Lionel Messi, Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo.

To prove just how sensational Mane’s year was, Messi revealed afterwards that the Liverpool attacker was his pick for the award.

4. Golden Boot

Mane shared the Golden Boot award with Liverpool teammate Salah and Arsenal's Aubameyang
Mane shared the Golden Boot award with Liverpool teammate Salah and Arsenal’s Aubameyang

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Mane’s true brilliance as a goalscorer was highlighted in the 2018/2019 season as he shared the Golden Boot award.

He struck 22 times in the league season, to share the prize with fellow goal-hungry teammate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal star Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.

Prolific in front of goal, Mane was one of six nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award and was named in the PFA Team of the Year for his impressive exploits.

5. Premier League glory

Mane was vital in Liverpool ending their long wait for a title
Mane was vital in Liverpool ending their long wait for a title

When Mane moved to Anfield, his ultimate goal would have been to end the Reds’ three-decade wait to secure a league title.

That task was accomplished in incredible style as Klopp’s men romped the Premier League by 18 points, despite their campaign being disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Senegalese sensation netted 18 times in the league, continuing his special partnership with Salah and Roberto Firmino to blow away the rest of the competition.

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