By Noel Whelan

28th Jun, 2022 | 7:00am

Liverpool news: Pundit slams 'disrespectful' Sadio Mane after confirmed news - 'the fans deserve better'

Noel Whelan claimed Sadio Mane could have handled his Liverpool exit better.

The former Leeds United player, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 30-year-old could have shown more “respect” to the Reds when the deal was being negotiated.

On 3 June, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Mane told journalist Mansour Loum he would “do what they want” in response to claims that Senegalese people wanted him to leave Liverpool.

Liverpool confirmed (22 June) Mane’s permanent move to Bayern Munich.

The player penned a three-year deal for a fee that could rise to £35million.

Whelan has claimed the Senegal international could have dealt with the move better.

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“I think he could have handled it with a little bit more respect.” he told Football Insider.

“I think Mane was away on international duty telling the Senegal people that they would get what they wanted and that was a move to Bayern Munich.

“I think he could’ve been a bit more respectful and graceful about the move at the end of his era at Liverpool.

“I think he’s been a fantastic player and left a legacy behind him at Anfield, and rightly so. I just think sometimes when you’re going about making a move, you don’t need to get involved as a player. It’s down to the two clubs to battle it out.

That’s why you have an agent, let him get on with it and do the talking.

“I just think sometimes players need to respect the club and the manager a little bit more. And the fans as well, they deserved a little bit better in how it materialised.”

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