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Souness hails Mane move but questions Pogba deal

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane. Photo: PA
Liverpool’s Sadio Mane. Photo: PA
Graeme Souness

Graeme Souness believes Sadio Mane will prove his worth for Liverpool this season - but the Kop legend has questioned the wisdom of Manchester United's £89million swoop for Paul Pogba.

Senegal international Mane joined the Reds in a £30million deal from Southampton and has caught the eye for Jurgen Klopp's side in pre-season.

"He will have a lot of responsibility on his shoulders at Liverpool," Souness said.

"I like him. He's a goalscorer and he can score different types of goals. He's quick, he's energetic and I think he will do well." In contrast Souness believes United massively overpaid for Pogba, who left Old Trafford to sign for Juventus for a nominal fee four years ago.

"It's not the poor lad's decision, he didn't decide how much was going to be spent on him, but I think £89m is way too much," Souness said.

"For that money, you're expecting to get the finished article. He's a long way off from that.

"The strikers are the ones that normally go for big, big money because they're the ones who decide the games, nine times out of 10.

"Pogba got 10 goals in 49 games last year. He will get some goals but he's not going to be a Luis Suarez, who got over 50 goals for Barcelona last year.

"How many games is he single-handedly going to win you? I think the price they have paid for him is all out of sync. If you analyse it in that context, the price isn't right. It's way too much on him."

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