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REPORT: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp lifts lid on unsuccessful attempt to keep Sadio Mane

 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has explained how Sadio Mane’s transfer to Bayern Munich came about. Mane joined Bayern on a three-year contract following a transfer worth £34million last month after making it clear he wanted to end his six-year stay on Merseyside.

 

Mane was a hugely important player for Klopp ever since he joined the club in a £34m move from Southampton in June 2016.

 

The Reds have signed Darwin Nunez this summer for an initial fee of £64m, while Luis Diaz joined in January and they will have some huge boots to fill.

Mane’s move to Germany was very much driven by the player himself, not the club. The 30-year-old still had another year left on his contract and could have followed Salah in signing a new deal.

 

Although he was sad to lose one of his best performers, Klopp was full of praise for Mane in a new interview.

 

“Sadio, what can we say about Sadio, hey? What a player. A world-class player. He and we together reinvented him as a No 9 as well in the last season, which he played outstandingly well,” he told the club website.

 

“I like the way it happened now because it was completely clean. We knew, he told us, his agent told us, they wanted to leave, they wanted to have a new challenge, find a new club. [It’s] never easy negotiations – it’s all good until we talk about money, but that worked then really well.

 

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