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'Still struggling': Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen doesn't understand 'outstanding' player's decision

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen says he’s ‘still struggling’ to understand Sadio Mané leaving Anfield. The player has joined Bayern Munich.

It’s official: Sadio Mané is a Bayern Munich player now. Liverpool have cashed in on their no.10 as he entered the final year of his contract with the club.

And that’s a blow, of course. Mané has been sensational for the Reds and will go down as one of their greatest ever forwards. He was the trigger for Jurgen Klopp’s Red revival – the first major signing and the one who truly started to put things together.

So why is he off? That’s something former Liverpool striker Michael Owen can’t wrap his head around.

“I’m still struggling to understand why Sadio Mane would leave Liverpool for Bayern Munich but he’s been an outstanding player, given great service and will go down as a club legend,” Owen wrote on Twitter.

Sadio Mané leaving Liverpool

Honestly, we don’t think this one is too hard to understand. For starters, Mané openly talked this week about wanting a new challenge and loving the project Bayern put to him.

“We achieved everything at Liverpool,” he said, per the Athletic. “I’ve seen how good Bayern are on TV before. I’ve watched them in the Champions League.

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“No doubt they’re one of the best clubs in the world. I believe 100 per cent that we can achieve big things.”

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But there’s also the financial side of things. The Mirror say that Mané wanted to be the club’s highest-paid player if he were to renew his contract. They also claim that Bayern will pay him around £240k per week.

We don’t believe that Liverpool would give that money easily over a three-year contract to a player who is now 30. That’s a risky move made even riskier with the fact that Mohamed Salah wants the same.

Bayern, though, would give Mané what he wants, as well as the new challenge. Altogether, it’s a move that makes complete sense for him.

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