Sadio Mane makes intriguing Liverpool confession to friends - Sources
Sadio Mane has told friends he “misses Liverpool” after quitting to join Bayern Munich in the summer.
The former Anfield favourite, 30, completed a move to the German giants for an initial £27million rising to £35m with add-ons.
Mane has enjoyed the same kind of untouchable status at Bayern that he had at Liverpool, making 20 starts among 22 appearances in all competitions this term.
But the Senegalese great pines for his old club, and sources with knowledge of his situation understand he has privately admitted to friends that “I miss Liverpool and miss the Premier League”.
Mane has also been missed by Jurgen Klopp’s team, who are eighth in the league after a wretched start to the new campaign.
Liverpool’s attacking play has not suffered as much as their over-run midfield and defence, but serious injuries to Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota have severely limited Klopp’s options.
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By contrast, Mane was barely injured during his six trophy-filled years at Anfield, with his durability matching his remarkable productivity.
He made 269 appearances for Liverpool that yielded 120 goals and 49 assists from all competitions, and left his supporters wanting more after quitting on the back of arguably his finest campaign at the club.
Mane banged in 23 goals last season and was particularly outstanding in the final months of the season in a new centre-forward role as Klopp’s side chased the quadruple.
With his contract having just one year remaining, Bayern offered the 92-times international a lucrative three-year contract.
He has made a big impact in Germany with 11 goals and four assists so far for his new team.