'The hardest to say': Jurgen Klopp tries to sum Sadio Mané up in three words as he leaves Liverpool
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'The hardest to say': Jurgen Klopp tries to sum Sadio Mané up in three words as he leaves Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp attempted to sum up Sadio Mané as the forward left Liverpool on Wednesday. It’s anything but a simple task.

Jurgen Klopp found the perfect player for his Liverpool team back in 2016. It was his first summer transfer window with the Reds and the boss needed someone to make his attack tick.

Until then, Klopp had relied on Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana in his front three. All were fantastic players but lacked the pace and dynamism that Liverpool needed for their new style of play.

And so the Reds signed Mané from Southampton. In just one signing, they transformed their forward line into the hard-hitting, counter-attacking threat that Klopp wanted. This was the transfer that put Liverpool on their path to success – their most successful spell for over 30 years.

Mané now leaves the club for Bayern Munich after six wonderful years at the club. He’s had his difficult goodbye with Klopp and picked out his favourite moments at Liverpool. But how do you sum it all up?

Jurgen Klopp tries to sum up Sadio Mané

Klopp attempted to describe Mané in only three words for Liverpoolfc.com on Wednesday. It proved to be an impossible task and the boss instead came up with as many three-word descriptions as he could.

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“If I was to try I’d need to be allowed multiple attempts – because there are so many ways you can describe him using three words,” said Klopp. “World-class player! True club legend! Ideal role model! The perfect teammate! Compassionate, caring person!

“But the three words that feel the most appropriate today are also the hardest to say, ‘Will miss you!’”

We’re not sure it’s possible to do better than that. Mané has been undescribable for Liverpool, after all, and one of the best forwards we’ve seen at the club. He leaves an undoubted ‘true club legend’ and a player the Reds will forever remember.

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