Like the aforementioned trio, Mane had been on Klopp’s radar for a lengthy period, as the 49-year-old explained on Tuesday.
According to Klopp, his impressive displays for Senegal, Red Bull Salzburg and the Saints in recent years made him a priority target this summer.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Klopp’s final word on securing his signings before pre-season is a salient one, as the ex-Borussia Dortmund manager is planning an intensive warmup schedule for his side.
As well as nine friendly fixtures—including a showcase clash with Barcelona at Wembley Stadium and a return to another former club in Mainz—Klopp is set to put his squad through a gruelling regime of triple training sessions.
This is designed to improve the fitness of his squad ahead of a crucial 2016/17 season, with the onus on challenging at the top end of the Premier League.
Speaking on his move to Anfield, Mane said that he was relishing pre-season, to ensure he is ready for a positive first campaign at Liverpool.
“It’s not easy if you start after [pre-season begins], but I’ve signed today and I will start with the team,” he told LFCTV.
“This makes me more happy, and I think I’ll be ready to work with my team-mates.”