Former Liverpool star Gini Wijnaldum has reacted to the news that Sadio Mane has completed a move to Bayern Munich.
After being formally unveiled as a new Bayern player, Mane took to Instagram to thank his now former club for the last six years.
“Difficult to find the right words for this. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, I am so pleased to be a very small part of this incredible success we had together during the last 6 years,” wrote Mane.
“You were always there. In good and in bad times. I never will forget this. Thank you again. You never walk alone. Sadio Mane.”
In response, Wijnaldum, who left Liverpool last year, posted two heart emojis to signal his best wishes.
Mane hoping not to follow Gini’s lead
Mane will be hoping that Wijnaldum’s career since leaving Liverpool isn’t a sign of things to come for him.
Gini has struggled massively at PSG and has even been dropped from the Dutch national team as a result.
The two players both joined Liverpool in the summer of 2016. They went on to be a massive part of the club winning both the Champions league and Premier League.
Now, they’re both a part of Liverpool’s glorious past. As galling as it is to see big players leave the football club, Wijnaldum’s struggles are a reminder that every player can be replaced.
There was some concern at Liverpool failing to replace Gini properly last summer. But look what followed, Liverpool won two trophies and came within a whisker of two more.
This time around, Mane has already been replaced. First with Luis Diaz, and now, with Darwin Nunez. Between them they’ll hopefully make sure that Mane’s presence on the pitch isn’t missed quite as much as it could be.
He’ll still leave a hole, as Wijnaldum did. But without wishing Mane bad, hopefully the Senegalese forward misses Liverpool more than Liverpool misses him.