“But I think he had already made his mind up. We had to respect that. Sadio had a really good story in a Liverpool shirt.
“He played for six years here and during that time he won everything you can win and he decided that he wanted a new challenge. That’s OK.”
Liverpool have brought in Darwin Nunez as a replacement for the Senegalese forward, paying €75 million to Portuguese side Benfica for the 23-year-old Uruguay international.