FC Bayern München welcomes its new world star, while Liverpool FC loses a club legend. Jürgen Klopp therefore sends an emotional greeting to Sadio Mané.
The wait is over: On Wednesday, FC Bayern München officially confirmed the signing of Sadio Mané.
The 30-year-old attacking player has signed a contract with the German record champions until 2025.
While the fans at Säbener Straße are full of anticipation, Liverpool FC have to say goodbye.
Mané farewell: Klopp pays homage to Liverpool legend
Mané played at Anfield Road for six years and played a major role in all the titles of recent years – including the Champions League victory in 2019 and the Premier League championship in 2020.
The bare figures speak for themselves: In his 269 appearances for Liverpool, the Senegalese scored a total of 120 goals and established himself as an absolute key player for the Reds.
At the end of the great era, Jürgen Klopp therefore praises his protégé in the highest terms: “It’s a great moment. There is no point in anyone trying to claim anything else. One of the best players Liverpool have ever had is leaving us and we have to acknowledge how important that is,” the LFC coach commented on Mané’s departure.
Klopp appeals for understanding for Mané
Mané leaves Liverpool with “our gratitude and our love. He leaves with a guaranteed status among the greats. And yes, he leaves at a moment when he is one of the best players in world football,” Klopp said.
The 55-year-old Germany coach dubbed Mané a modern Liverpool icon. He also said the attacking man was an “example for every player in the whole world that professionalism and dedication pay off.”
At the same time, Klopp has no bad word to say about the completed transfer: “I fully respect his decision and I’m sure our fans do too. If you love LFC, you have to love Sadio – that is not negotiable. It’s possible to do that and at the same time accept that our loss is a gain for Bayern.”
Liverpool coach Klopp will miss Mané
According to the coach, Mané will undoubtedly also be successful at FC Bayern, and he ennobles the Munich newcomer on several levels as he bids him farewell.
“There are so many ways to describe him in three words: World-class player, true club legend, ideal role model, the perfect teammate, compassionate, caring person,” enthuses Klopp.
The coach sends the important message at the end of the emotional video: “The words that feel most fitting today are also the hardest: ‘We will miss you!'”