That’s the view of Togo boss Claude Le Roy who has seen the Senegalese forward start the season in fine form.

Mane has four goals in eight Liverpool appearances this season and is now just one goal away from 50 strikes in England’s top flight.

He would become the seventh African player to reach that landmark, behind Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Adebayor, Yakubu, Yaya Toure, Nwankwo Kanu and Efan Ekoku.

Though he’s impressed in domestic football, Mane has struggled with Senegal.

The 26-year-old is yet to net in Senegal’s four African Cup of Nations qualifying matches.

But Le Roy still believes the forward would suit any of the world’s top teams.

“He’s a great player,” legendary coach Le Roy said.

“And he’d have his place at Manchester United, at Barcelona, or at Real Madrid.

“Sadio is an excellent player and I tell you that all of Africa watches him play in the Premier League at the weekend as well as the Champions League.

“However, a club is different to a national team.

“We often criticise players for not shining so much with the national team, but at the clubs, players know each other.

“All the time, the players see each other training together, whereas in the national team, they only see each other periodically.”

Mane is fit to play in Liverpool’s crunch Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday.

The Reds forward missed the 1-0 win at Huddersfield on Saturday after breaking his thumb while on international duty with Senegal.

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But the Liverpool Echo claim he has undergone successful surgery and is ready to return as Jurgen Klopp’s side look to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat at Napoli in their previous game in Group C.

Klopp was willing to risk Mane for the Huddersfield clash and left the decision up to his player.

But the 26-year-old was reportedly still feeling discomfort and decided to take the safe option.

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