Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he has been following the club's new signing Sadio Mane since 2012.
The Reds confirmed the signing of the 24-year-old from Southampton on a five-year deal on Tuesday.
Mane has reportedly cost the Merseysiders around £34m making him the club's second-most expensive signing behind Andy Carroll.
But Mane's recent impressive form for Southampton was not the first time Klopp was alerted to the talents of the Senegal international.
Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: "I have followed Sadio for a lot of years since his impressive performances in the Olympics in 2012, and then watched his development in Austria and in his time at Southampton.
"Since I came here I have spoken to the staff a lot about him and have always felt he could be a very good signing for us. He has a lot of quality, works hard and has a very good goalscoring record.
"When I spoke to him I could tell that he was passionate about joining the club and playing for our fantastic fans. I think they will be just as excited about seeing him put on a Liverpool shirt as I am.
"It is great that we have managed to sign him so he can work with us from the first day of pre-season."