Sadio Mane was delighted when Thiago Alcantara arrived at Liverpool from Bayern Munich.

The Reds star attacker explained his excitement and belief the world-class midfielder would take Jurgen Klopp's squad to another level.

Thiago officially signed for Liverpool last Friday, before coming on against Chelsea at half-time just two days later and showing exactly what he could do after replacing the injured Jordan Henderson.

The No.6 completed 75 passes, the most any player has recorded in one half of a top flight game since data began to be collected in the 2003/04 season.

And Mane, who scored both goals for Liverpool in their 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge, was thrilled to now be playing alongside the Spain international while also expressing his view that Thiago, Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas could all help the Premier League champions to raise their game again in pursuit of more silverware.

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"I think not only the fans are excited to see Thiago," he said.

"For sure, especially me and my teammates were really happy to have this kind of quality in our squad. It only makes us better.

"I can see from day one in training and the game against Chelsea what he is doing. And I’m sure he will take us to another level, for sure.

"We’re looking forward to seeing Kostas [Tsimikas] and Diogo Jota as well, who is a really good signing for us. I’m really happy to have him as well.

"They are good players and they will also take us to another level, which for us is something incredible, and for the fans as well."

The Senegalese frontman's brace against Chelsea took his goal tally to 83 in 173 games - a total that sees him break into the top 20 list of all-time Liverpool goalscorers and surpass Luis Suarez's record of 82 goals for the Reds.

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Mane, who is now joint-19th in the list alongside Alan Stubbins, explained his pride at putting his name among the list of all-time greats at Anfield.

“I didn’t know it before, for sure,” the No.10 told the club's official website.

“I’m really, really proud and really happy about it because as a player you always have targets and it’s one of my targets.

“So, I’m in the 20 top scorers [now] and I’m really happy about it. I’m looking forward to scoring more and more goals for the team and to be closer [to the rest of the names on the list].

“I’m really happy, of course I’m really happy especially as a striker to score goals and the team win, that’s one of the best things that can happen to you.

“As a team we played very well and we won both of the two [Premier League] games, which was really important for us. Now we are looking forward to the next game, at home against Arsenal."