Sadio Mane insists Liverpool supporters will witness see the best of team-mate Naby Keita following his indifferent debut campaign in the Premier League.
The Guinea international arrived at Anfield for £52.75m last summer, with a towering reputation, one that was built by the fact the Reds did a deal to sign him in August 2017.
“I knew him from a long time ago, from the first time he came to Salzburg and he was the same,” Mane told.
“At the beginning at Salzburg it was very tough for him but he never stopped working hard.
“He was not playing for a while and he was really positive and after he was the star of the team.
“I am 100 percent sure he will do incredibly well.”
Mane has not looked back since moving to England, impressing with his performances at Southampton to earn a big-money move of his own to Liverpool, and he has played a part in helping Naby Keita adapt to life in a new country.
“It is not easy to move from Germany to change club, especially as the league is not the same," Mane added. "I just talked to him to do what I can. It is part of the things you have to deal with and he is working hard every single day. I spend a lot of time with him, yes, and off the pitch I am very happy for him, he’s very relaxed.”
Keita opened his Liverpool account at Southampton last Friday and then set the Reds on course for a 2-0 Champions League win over FC Porto on Tuesday night at Anfield.
His fifth-minute strike against the Portuguese side was the start of a hugely influential performance by the summer 2018 signing, who showed the range of his creative and defensive qualities throughout the match.
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