A forward recently posed with a picture of Sadio Mané and is following in his footsteps which could alert Liverpool as he may be a perfect striker for Jurgen Klopp.
For decades to come, Sadio Mané will be regarded as a Liverpool icon who will never be forgotten.
Mané was one of Jürgen Klopp’s first major signings, and his addition made the Reds a power capable of challenging for the Champions League and luring ever-better players.
Mané departs Liverpool as not just one of the top players at the club but also as an icon on his native continent and one of the greatest Africans to have ever played the game after winning the African Player of the Year award.
While it will be difficult for Liverpool to say goodbye to him, every era must come to an end in order for the Reds to advance in their transformation.
Mané may have hinted to his potential successor at Liverpool when receiving the African Player of the Year award in Cameroon on Friday night.
Karim Konaté, who was nominated for the Young African Player of the Year award, and Mané posed for a photo that was posted on social media.
Known ASEC Mimosas forward Konaté, 18, scored 10 goals in 12 games for the team last season in the CAF Confederation Cup and the CAF Champions League.
However, like Mané, he chose to move on this summer and joined Red Bull Salzburg, the team where Liverpool’s superstar first distinguished himself as an outstanding talent in European football. He will be expected to play a role in the club’s first team next season.
Konaté is a fast and pacy attacker with a strong finishing ability who has earned five senior level caps for the Ivory Coast. Since Yaya Touré, who also began his career at ASEC Mimosas, he could be the best player produced from this country in recent memory.
Konaté, who is well-known for his energy and work rate, shouldn’t have any trouble adjusting to life at Salzburg or perhaps even Liverpool in the future. Konaté may be the next in the Red Bull club’s strong track record of producing prolific and exciting forwards, following in the footsteps of Erling Haaland, Patson Daka, and Karim Adeyemi.
Given the success of those players, Konaté’s similar career trajectory to that of Mané, and Klopp’s proclivity for signing Red Bull players, Liverpool will likely keep a close eye on the young Ivorian’s progress.
Konaté might be the ideal FSG signing for the club’s concept of continuously building for the future at such a young age if he succeeds at Salzburg in few years from now.