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Sadio Mane says Liverpool have an 'amazing' player in their ranks who's 'always smiling'

Liverpool star Sadio Mane has waxed lyrical about Reds teammate Virgil van Dijk, in conversation with the Anfield media team.

Jurgen Klopp’s charges have begun the Premier League season well, with two wins and a draw from three games.

Liverpool had a tough season last time out amid injuries to key players, and Van Dijk’s long-term absence was a huge blow for the Reds.

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Now, the 30-year-old is back and has played the full 90 minutes in each of Liverpool’s league games this term.

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And Mane says it’s “amazing” to have one of the best defenders in the world back in the Liverpool XI.

The Senegal international also spoke of how the Netherlands star is “always smiling” now he’s back in action.

“Having one of the best defenders in the world back on your team, you don’t need to describe it – it’s amazing,” Mane told the Liverpool website.

“Last year was obviously a tough time for him but now he’s always smiling! And, of course, we are all happy for him.

“He is a very professional athlete who looks after his body all the time and I wasn’t surprised to see him straight back into his old form.

“We have seen him play a few games now and, for me, we have seen him at that level already.”

Van Dijk is currently on international duty and captained the Oranje to a 1-1 draw with Norway on Wednesday.

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