2. Sadio Mane (Liverpool, from Southampton for £34 million)
The most expensive purchase on our top five list, Liverpool with and without Sadio Mane have looked like two different sides this season. Since becoming the latest player to move from Saint Mary’s to Anfield, the Senegal international’s absence during the African Cup of Nations and now through a knee injury put the Reds’ top four place at risk.
Ever since scoring a remarkable solo goal against Arsenal on his debut, Mane has been electric down the right flank and allowed Jurgen Klopp to field his preferred 4-3-3 formation with his dribbling and direct style on the wing causing problems for even the best defences, creating eight assists.
With a further 13 goals to his name in 29 games in all competitions, Mane has shown that he is a crucial part of Liverpool’s attacking play and will be hoping to make even more of an impact next season with fewer interruptions, particularly if the club return to the Champions League.