Bayern Munich’s new player Sadio Mane has assured Liverpool supporters that he still has a place in his heart for the club even after leaving them this summer. Mane went as far as calling himself Liverpool’s “number one fan forever”.
The Senegal international joined the German champions on Wednesday, June 22, 2023, after Bayern and Liverpool agreed to a deal worth around €41 million (£35m/$43m). Sadio Mane’s move to Bayern Munich means that his six years at Liverpool have come to an end with a year left on his former contract with Liverpool.
Recall that the 30-year-old Senegalese winger joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2017 and has been an important player for Jurgen Klopp’s team afterward.
Sadio Mane left Liverpool as one of the best African players to play for the club and in the Premier League. In his first interview with Bayern Munich’s official website, Sadio Mane stressed that he would keep watching Liverpool matches.
“After every one of my games in Munich, I will come to the dressing room and I will watch Liverpool, for sure, because I am going to be Liverpool’s number one fan forever,” he said.
“I just want to say good luck to them and I have an eye on them. For sure, they will be even better because I know the boys: great players, great talent, great maturity, and attitude, so of course, Liverpool will always stay even better, for sure. “I still have my house in Liverpool and everything so for sure I will come back, of course, and I would love one day to come back to Anfield to say hi, and to watch Liverpool playing because, for me, I am going to be Liverpool’s number one fan – after the supporters!”
Sadio Mane praises Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino
Mane also paid tribute to fellow forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, with whom he helped propel Liverpool to significant domestic and international successes, including Premier League, Champions League, and Club World Cup titles.
He noted that the Reds will continue to prosper even without him. “Bobby and Mo – what players!” he added. “Playing alongside these great players, they make everything easier for me. I think I am just supporting this and especially Bobby, who always dropped and made space for me and Mo, I think it was just incredible.
“Liverpool still have great players and you have now Diogo [Jota] and [Luis] Diaz. It’s normal, it’s the best club in the world, so I wish them all the best, but for me football is always about dedication and to work very, very hard. That’s what I trust and those players did it and are doing it, so I think it will work always well for them.”