Sadio Mane during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium, London, August 2016.

Where are they now? The Liverpool XI from Sadio Mane’s debut in 2016

Sadio Mane enjoyed a successful six years at Liverpool, winning both the Premier League and Champions League while establishing himself as one of the best forwards in world football – but how did the rest of the XI from his club debut fare?

Mane caught the eye of Liverpool with his performances at Southampton and was signed by Jurgen Klopp for a fee of £34million.

And the Senegal international became one of the soundest investments of Klopp’s reign at Anfield. Mane scored 120 goals in 269 Liverpool appearances before departing for Bayern Munich in 2022. He is widely regarded as one of their greatest players of the modern era.

While Mane was a huge success, can the same be said of the Liverpool players that beat Arsenal 4-3 on the opening day of the 2016-17 season?

We’ve investigated what the Liverpool line-up from that rollercoaster victory at the Emirates Stadium seven years ago are up to these days.

GK: Simon Mignolet

Klopp inherited Mignolet as Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper but some uncertain displays led to him being dropped for Lorius Karius during the second half of 2017-18.

But Karius’ errors in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid didn’t mean a reprieve for the Belgium international. Klopp bought Alisson that summer, effectively ending the Belgium international’s time at Anfield.

He left in 2019, joining Club Brugge for just over £6million. The 35-year-old goalkeeper has made himself at home for the Belgian side, helping them win three league titles in a row between 2020 and 2022.

After his country’s disastrous showing at Qatar 2022, Mignolet retired from international football.

RB: Nathaniel Clyne

Injuries ruined Clyne’s upward trajectory, allowing a certain Trent Alexander-Arnold to make the Liverpool right-back slot his own.

Once a regular in the England and Liverpool starting XI, Clyne was released after the title-winning season of 2019-20.

He’s since returned to boyhood club Crystal Palace, making 22 Premier League appearances for Roy Hodgson’s roving band of maverick entertainers.

CB: Ragnar Klavan

“Klavan will take his place alongside the likes of Gary McAllister, Djimi Traore and Igor Biscan on Liverpool’s list of cult heroes.”

The words of Liverpool Echo journalist James Pearce, written after Klavan left for Cagliari, spoke volumes of his standing amongst the Anfield faithful

And with good reason. The Estonia international gave his all in a Liverpool shirt, scoring a crucial New Year’s Day winner at Burnley in 2018 and impressing many with his composed defending.

He’s currently without a club, having last played in his home country for Paide Linnameeskond, but he’s not retired just yet despite his grand old age of 37.

CB: Dejan Lovren

A much-maligned figure during his six years at Anfield, Lovren joined Zenit Saint Petersburg for £10.9million in the summer of 2020.

The centre-back was named club captain soon afterwards and led Zenit to their seventh league title in his first season in Russia.

“I never regret anything and this is a feeling I don’t allow in my head,” Lovren told Zenit’s official website in January 2021.

“I made the decision to leave Liverpool. I wasn’t feeling happy there towards the end, because I wasn’t playing. I am happy that I decided to come here and I think they miss me more than I miss them.

“Jurgen Klopp knows that, we sometimes chat and he once wrote to me that he misses me. I did not answer that.”

The Croatia international moved to Lyon following Russia’s banishment from European competition. He was also part of the Croatia squad that finished third at the 2022 World Cup.

LB: Alberto Moreno

Despite making 141 Liverpool appearances, Moreno was often a defensive liability and had been thoroughly usurped by Andy Robertson by the end of his time at Anfield.

The full-back moved to La Liga overachievers Villarreal in 2019, helping his new side win the Europa League and reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2022.

Moreno has struggled with injuries in Spain but did score his penalty in the Europa League triumph against Manchester United in 2021.

It was arguably the most popular he’s been among the Liverpool supporters.

CM: Jordan Henderson

Liverpool’s captain has been at Anfield for over a decade now, overcoming some initial difficulties to make 492 appearances for the Reds.

He may not be an automatic selection any longer, but the England midfielder remains a vital presence in the Liverpool dressing room.

CM: Adam Lallana (Divok Origi, 76)

Lallana was a key player early on in Klopp’s time in charge but injuries saw him slip down the Anfield pecking order.

“Adam [Lallana] is one of the founding fathers of the success this current Liverpool side has enjoyed in recent seasons,” Klopp said following his departure to Brighton in 2020.

His England days are long over, but Lallana’s injury problems haven’t prevented him from playing an important role in Brighton’s rise to European qualification.

Origi, Lallana’s replacement at the Emirates, joined AC Milan last summer but his cult hero status at Anfield has long been assured…

Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates scoring the winning goal against Wolves at Molineux, Wolverhampton. 4th December 2021.

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CM: Georginio Wijnaldum (Kevin Stewart, 88)

Wijnaldum belied some initial unfavourable reviews by becoming an under-appreciated yet crucial player in Klopp’s setup.

“Is he the perfect midfielder? From the skillset 100%,” Klopp said in 2019, adding: “It is not my fault if he goes under the radar. You cannot ask me why he goes under the radar. I don’t set the radar!”

The Netherlands international left for PSG in 2021 but didn’t impress in France and has spent last season on loan at Jose Mourinho’s Roma.

Stewart made a late substitute appearance at the Emirates but failed to establish himself in Klopp’s side.

The midfielder completed an £8million move to Hull City in 2017 in search of regular first-team football. He stayed in east Yorkshire for four years before switching to Blackpool, but was unable to prevent their relegation to League One in May.

RW: Sadio Mane

Goalscorer, inspiration and all-round nice guy… but Mane has endured a tough time since leaving Anfield and it’s rumoured Bayern Munich will be open to letting him leave after just a single season.

Sadio MANE (FC Bayern Munich), disappointment, frustrated, disappointed, frustrated, dejected, action, single image, cut single motif, half figure, half figure. Football 1st Bundesliga season 2022/2023

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ST: Roberto Firmino

One-hundred-and-eleven goals in 362 appearances is a testament to the impact Firmino made in a Liverpool shirt since joining in 2015.

His departure from Anfield at the end of last season was an incredibly emotional moment for both player and fanbase. It’s rumoured the 31-year-old will be moving to Saudi Arabia like so many of his contemporaries.

LW: Phillipe Coutinho (Emre Can, 70)

Coutinho was Liverpool’s shining light in 2016 and scored a fantastic free-kick to haul the Reds level at the Emirates.

Fans despaired when he left the club for Barcelona in 2018 for just shy of £150million but things didn’t work out quite as the Brazilian would’ve hoped though.

Despite a few standout goals and moments, mainly against his parent club during a loan spell at Bayern Munich, Coutinho moved back to England with Aston Villa in January.

The midfielder showed enough flashes of class during his loan at Villa Park to earn a permanent move back to the Premier League. But he’s been marginalised by Unai Emery and he’s got Saudi Arabia written all over him.

Can was a Klopp regular until the midfielder ran down his contract and joined Juventus in 2018.

The Germany international, like so many others, struggled to secure a starting place in Turin and signed for Borussia Dortmund in January 2020 – where he scored one of the most ridiculous goals you’ll ever see.

Emre Can shoots during the Bundesliga game between Bochum and Borussia Dortmund at Ruhrstadion, Bochum, February 2023.

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