Swansea City striker, Bafetimbi Gomis, has heaped praise on Liverpool forward Saido Mane after his African Player of the Year nomination.
Speaking to Foot Express the striker, who is on loan at Marseille, said:
“I wasn’t surprised [by Mane’s form]. I’ve just done two years in England, and he’s, by far, one of the best players in that league. He just wasn’t in a Big Four team. Now he’s at Liverpool, his performances are picked up on.
“He’s a player with a lot of quality,” Gomis, who has 12 France caps to his name, continued.
“He has a lot of self-discipline, and who, each week, enters the pitch with the want to score or help his team score. I want to congratulate him publicly.”
The Senegal international became the latest player to join the Reds from Southampton, following Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren.
Mane, however, is the most expensive of those arrivals in recent years, with his fee in the region of £34m, and has taken magnificently to life on Merseyside.
The 24-year-old has bagged four goals in his first nine appearances for Klopp’s side and setup another four along the way.
The former Saint will look to continue his fine form this weekend when the Reds travel to Selhurst Park to face Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace.