Sadio Mane joined Liverpool from Southampton in June 2016. Photo: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

LONDON – Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has signed a new long-term contract with the Premier League giants, the club announced on Thursday.

The 26-year-old joined Jurgen Klopp's side from Southampton in June 2016, and has scored 40 goals for Liverpool, forming a deadly frontline alongside Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

“I am very happy, very happy to extend my time at Liverpool,” Mane said. “It is a great day for me and now I am looking forward to everything - to helping the team, to helping the club achieve our dreams and, especially, to win trophies.

“For me, I have made the best decision in my career.”

The Senegal international scored 10 goals as Liverpool reached last season's Champions League final, and has started the new campaign strongly, netting six times in 11 Premier League games.

He was also named on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or last month.

The length of his new deal was not disclosed by Liverpool.

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane (left) in action against Crvena Zvezda's Milan Rodic in the Champions League. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs
Liverpool's Sadio Mane (left) in action against Crvena Zvezda's Milan Rodic in the Champions League. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs

“This is a big boost for everyone and another demonstration of how the players we have at this club are committed, not just to our present but our future also,” said Reds manager Klopp.

“I can't think of a single club anywhere in Europe that wouldn't want a player like Sadio available to them, so the fact he wants to remain with us says something about where we are currently.

“He is such an important member of our team and squad. He radiates joy and I think this is reflected in his performances and impact on the pitch.”

The Anfield club put their unbeaten record in the league this term on the line against Watford on Saturday.

Agence France-Presse (AFP)