Sadio Mané says goodbye to Liverpool football club and fans

Sadio Mané is, officially, a Bayern Munich player today, ending a six-year run at Anfield and leaving as one of the club’s greatest strikers, the club’s 14th all-time top scorer and a player who, in his time at the club, has been the key to all major trophies available.

It happened from Southampton in 2016, aged 24, Jürgen Klopp’s first major signing, and went on to become one of football’s best and most complete strikers over the next six years. Now 30 years old, he leaves for Germany in search of a new challenge.

“Obviously it’s really, really strange not to be a Liverpool player anymore after six years at Anfield,” Mane said. “But of course I had a great time, an amazing time, and from my first day I’ve really, really enjoyed training, playing, at Anfield in particular and in front of these amazing fans.

“Now it’s over, so what can you say?” I can say of course that we won a lot and that I had a great time. Incredible time at Liverpool, we won a lot [but] As I always say, my life is always [about the] challenge.

“I want to go somewhere else to see a new challenge. It’s nothing else, it’s just a challenge because for me, I always want to challenge myself to get better and better.

New teammates and potentially a new role will bring new challenges for Mané at Bayern, where he will have to help the only legitimate Bundesliga title contenders to their eleventh consecutive league title, anything less would spell shock failure.

Real success at his new club would mean arriving as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski, one of the game’s greatest goalscorers, and winning in Europe where Bayern have won six European Cups and recently scooped the Best Club in the League award. in 2020.

Meanwhile, Liverpool will look to a new group of forwards, including summer signing Darwin Núñez and January arrival Luis Diaz, to challenge on all fronts again, with particular focus on the league after completing a point behind. Manchester City last season.

“I think anyone who leaves Liverpool, with these supporters you will always miss them,” he added. “Best in the world and I’ve always said that. Of course I really enjoyed the time and playing at Anfield I think always gives you so much power because of the fans.

“So for sure I’m going to miss you guys. I love you guys. I still have my home in Liverpool and everything so for sure I’ll be back and I would love to come back to Anfield one day to say hello and of course to watch Liverpool play because for me I’m going to be Liverpool’s number one fan after the supporters.

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