The current Liverpool gaffer considered bringing the Senegal youngster to Borussia Dortmund but decided against it due to his appearance.

Jurgen Klopp says he was not impressed when he met Sadio Mane since the Liverpool celebrity”looked like a rapper”.

Mane arrived at Liverpool only a year to Klopp’s tenure and has become a pivotal player for the Champions League winners, scoring 77 times in 161 appearances in all competitions to assist them to Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and Club World Cup titles.

However, the Senegal celebrity had been on Klopp’s radar long before the 2016 proceed to Anfield, as the German trainer believed bringing him to Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg, where he won both the league and cup double.

Klopp, however, decided against him because of his appearance, letting Southampton to snap him up from the giants.

“I recall my first experience with Sadio. It was in Dortmund. There was a really young guy sitting there. His baseball cap was askew, the blond series he still has today,” Klopp said in a new documentary about the 27-year-old.

“He looked like a rapper just starting out. I thought:’I don’t have enough time to get this’. Our team then actually was not bad. I wanted someone who could handle not being a beginner at the very start, someone I really could develop.

“I’d say I have a pretty good feeling for individuals, but was I wrong! I further followed his career and ongoing success in Salzburg. In Southampton he just dominated.”

Mane spent two seasons at St Mary’s until the Reds finally lured him away. By then, Klopp was already convinced he’d shine with the Anfield outfit.

“Sadio wanted to work with me as much as I did with him so it was a win-win situation.”

And Mane disclosed that it was a stunning performance against Liverpool that convinced them to swoop in for him.

“I had been at Southampton and we performed against Liverpool. I had been on the bench. We were 2-0 down at half-time. Coach Ronald Koeman sent me to the field,” Mane said.

“We turned the game around and I scored double. I had been this insignificant player who’d just provided a massive performance.

“Liverpool was a club which notices players that drill them out, so they couldn’t say no and Klopp called my agent.”