Sadio Mane has welcomed the arrival of Luis Diaz at Liverpool, regardless of the January signing taking part in in the identical place as him.
Diaz joined Liverpool from Porto last month for an preliminary charge of £37.5million, which may rise by an extra £12.5m with add-ons.
He has already impressed, picking up an assist on his debut in the 3-1 win against Cardiff City within the FA Cup and going near scoring on just a few events within the 2-0 win over Leicester Metropolis.
The 25-year-old ahead performed all of his soccer for Porto this season from the left-hand facet of assault – the identical place Mane operates in for Liverpool.
Mane reclaimed his spot right away within the 1-0 win towards Burnley on Sunday after coming back from his profitable marketing campaign on the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal and is delighted to have the ability to name Diaz a team-mate.
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“Luis is a good participant. When he got here, I used to be not right here, I used to be at AFCON and I watched two video games of him,” he informed CBS Sports .
“However earlier than, he used to play for Porto and we at all times confronted one another, so I understand how good he’s. He’s an awesome participant. I’ve now spent two, three days with him and he is a really, very good man.
“For certain he’ll do nice for Liverpool as a result of he is so, so gifted and he is very humble. A really hard-working participant.”
Having not been used within the journey at Burnley, Diaz will likely be vying for a spot in Jurgen Klopp’s group to face Inter Milan within the Champions League tonight.
Liverpool journey to Milan in implausible kind, having gained their final six video games in all competitions and Mane believes Diaz’s addition highlights their squad power.
“I do not take it as competitors,” he mentioned. “I take it as making one another higher gamers, for certain. If you wish to be an awesome group you want these sorts of gamers.
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“We’re actually joyful to have these sorts of gamers, and altogether match. And for certain, we’ll win and Liverpool will win from it.
“You concentrate on the Champions League and Premier League …which is nice for us as gamers and for the membership, and for the followers.
“I believe everybody is aware of Klopp is a good supervisor. He’s used to this example, ensuring everyone seems to be joyful, and for certain he’ll maintain doing the identical.”
Klopp has a totally match squad to select from within the first leg of the last-16 Champions League tie.
Jordan Henderson has recovered from a gashed knee suffered towards Burnley and has travelled with the squad to Italy.