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Former Coach Hails 'Dream Player' Mane

Following Sadio Mane's emergence as one of the leading figures in world football, one of the African superstar's former coaches has now described him as a "dream player".

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The Liverpool forward will return to his former club on Wednesday, when the Reds are hosted by Red Bull Salzburg in the UEFA Champions League.

Mane spent two years with the Austrian giants between 2012 and 2014, playing under former club manager Roger Schmidt and scoring 45 goals in 87 appearances.

Schmidt has since lavished praise on the joint 2018/19 Premier League Golden Boot winner, whom he believes was always destined to succeed. 

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"As much as Salzburg made Sadio as a player, he also had a huge hand in making Salzburg as a team," the 52-year-old tactician told The Athletic.

"Thanks to him and other new arrivals, such as Kevin Kampl, we were able to change the style and really play the football we wanted to.

"From the first training session, it was immediately clear that he had all the raw ingredients to be a top player.

"He had to get to grips with some aspects of collective tactics, but it took him no time at all to come up to speed.

"I've rarely seen a player willing to work as hard and selflessly for his team. For a coach, he was a dream."

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Mane joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2016, and has scored 65 goals in 132 appearances for the Reds since. 

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