Ivory Coast great Toure told BBC Sport: "I always wanted to play with him [Mane].
"When I was at City, at the time when he was at Southampton, I highly regarded him and I was asking some of my superiors to just sign him. But in the end it just didn't happen.
"After that [Jurgen] Klopp had the eyes to get him and now look what he did for Liverpool, he was brilliant. I like him, I like him as a player.
"The way he deals with things smoothly and the support he gives back to his people in his country is incredible, with what he's been involved with.
"Some days I get mad when I read media about him and a journalist will ask him, 'Why don't you have a Ferrari and things', and he says, 'No, I don't need it, I prefer to have a normal car than have a Ferrari'.
"Two months later we see him, he's been doing things back in his home country, he's a big example."