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Fabinho praises ‘complete player’ Sadio Mane

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Fabinho was full of praise for his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane, who he rates as a “complete player” and someone who always make the difference for them.

Since completing a €41m transfer from Southampton in 2016, Mane has emerged as an integral part of the Liverpool squad and enjoyed his most impressive campaign to date at Anfield.

The Senegalese forward even finished level with his illustrious team-mate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the 2018/19 Premier League Golden Boot award winner.

This allegedly even captured Real Madrid’s interest before Mane shut down the rumours on his future last month.

And now Fabinho has reflected on just how significant Mane has been for Liverpool on route to winning the Champions League and finishing runners-up in the Premier League.

“Sadio Mane is a genuinely impressive player, he’s tireless, playing in every game with such high levels of intensity and concentration,” Fabinho told the club’s website.

“His technical ability goes without saying, he always makes a difference for us.

“He’s a complete player – he gives you the option of a short pass or a long ball, he contributes to the build-up and creation of play as well. He’s a great player in amazing form, which is really important for his confidence.

“Off the pitch, I chat with him quite a bit as we both speak French, my French is still better than my English. He’s a great lad. Sadio has been a really important player for us this season.”

The Brazilian midfielder arrived at Liverpool last summer in a €45m from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco.

Despite initially struggling to break into Jurgen Klopp’s line-up, Fabinho became an integral member of the team towards the end of the season.

“Overall I think my first season at Liverpool was good,” said the 25-year-old.

“In my first season, I knew there would be a learning and settling-in period. I went through this.

“It didn’t last that long but I remember it wasn’t easy starting afresh, I was left out for a few matches.

“Even though I was telling myself that I needed to work hard and be patient, it’s not easy being out of the team. But that’s in the past now, I started playing more.

“The more you play, the more you can enjoy your football. I think I became an important part of the team, I gave the manager another option he could depend upon. So I think it was a really good season.”

PORTO, PORTUGAL – APRIL 17: Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates with teammate Fabinho of Liverpool after scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Porto and Liverpool at Estadio do Dragao on April 17, 2019 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)