Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has shared his thoughts on striker Sadio Mane leaving Anfield to join Bayern Munich. The German boss said the Senegalese leaves the club as one of its ‘greatest players of all time’ and as an icon.
The Reds announced Mane’s departure on Wednesday June 22, when he joined Bayern Munich for 41 million euros (via fabrice romano).
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Speaking on the club’s official website about the Senegalese, Klopp said:
“It’s a great moment. There is no point in anyone trying to pretend otherwise. One of Liverpool’s greatest players is leaving, and we have to recognize how important that is. He leaves with our gratitude and our love. He leaves with his status among the greats guaranteed.”
“And, yes, he is leaving at a time when he is one of the best players in world football. But we should not dwell on what we are losing now, but rather celebrate what we have been privileged to have. The goals he scored, the trophies he won; a legend, of course, but also a modern-day Liverpool icon.”
Klopp also acknowledged how Mane had improved the club since joining from Southampton in 2016. He also spoke about the Senegalese’s improvement saying:
“Since he first walked through the door, he’s made us better. If anyone had told us at that time what he would continue to bring and achieve for this club, I’m not sure. sure it would have been possible to understand at that time. Not the magnitude of it, at least. Sadio made it all possible.”
“To be this good for such a long time and to continually improve season after season – no matter how high he set his own bar in the previous one – is an example to any player anywhere on the planet that professionalism and dedication leads to reward.”
Klopp admitted Mane’s exit was a loss for Liverpool and a gain for Bayern Munich and wished Mane love and success. He said:
“I totally respect his decision, and I’m sure our supporters do too. If you love LFC, you have to love Sadio – non-negotiable. It’s possible to do that while accepting that our loss is Bayern’s gain. We don’t let’s hope for nothing but success in every match he plays, unless of course it’s against us. His star will continue to rise, I’m sure.”
Sadio Mane leaves Anfield as a legend and will now look to continue his career with Bayern Munich.
Sadio Mané’s career at Liverpool
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Since arriving in 2016, Sadio Mane has scored 120 goals and provided 48 assists in 269 appearances in all competitions for the Reds. He won the Premier League Golden Boot in the 2018-19 season with 22 goals, sharing it with teammate Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
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The former Southampton man won six trophies with Liverpool, including a Premier League title and a UEFA Champions League title.