RB Leipzig midfielder Kevin Kampl has identified Liverpool’s Sadio Mane as the best team-mate he has ever had.
The two crossed paths while playing for Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg, with Mane ultimately departing for England in 2014 when he joined Southampton before moving to Anfield in 2016.
Since his switch to the Premier League, the Senegalese attacker has taken the football world by storm and was named African Footballer of the Year in 2019.
While now among the world’s best footballers, Kampl has revealed Mane’s ability was never in question, even when he was still playing in Austria.
“The best team-mate was Sadio Mane during my time at Red Bull Salzburg,” Kampl told Goal and Spox. “He just had everything, the complete package. He was good on the ball, incredibly fast – both with and without the ball. He was dangerous in front of goal and played great passes.
“It was already seen back then that he could become a really great player.”