Saturday Dec 14, 2019. 14:00
Watford winger Issa Sarr has praised the influence of Liverpool forward Sadio Mane in helping him to adjust to life in the Premier League.
It has been a difficult start for Sarr since he arrived in England from French Ligue 1 side Rennes, and on Saturday will come up against Mane as top meets bottom in the Premier League.
Both are Senegal internationals and Sarr says Mane has been a big influence in helping him settle.
“Sadio is talking to me all the time. He advises me to ‘do this, do that’. He is a big brother for me,” Sarr told BBC.
“When I arrived, he sent messages saying, ‘welcome to the Premier League, welcome to England’ and we also talk when we are in the national team.
“He gives me tips, I try to execute them and to implement them. ‘If you don’t play, be calm, carry on, do your job, it will be OK’, that is what he says. So I try to do the same.
“If I do not play, no problem. I come and work on the following day.”
Sarr should start for Watford on Saturday after initially battling to break into the first XI, and says he is looking forward to meeting his compatriot on the pitch.
“I think the match will be like any other. We are going to work. We are going there to fight. We are not going there just to watch Sadio play – we will also have to play,” Sarr said.
“I have to show I understood the advice I was given by him. At the end of the match he can give me some more tips.”