'It's never easy': Jurgen Klopp opens up on exactly how Sadio Mané asked to leave Liverpool
Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

'It's never easy': Jurgen Klopp opens up on exactly how Sadio Mané asked to leave Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp opened up on exactly how Sadio Mané asked to leave Liverpool this summer. The forward departed after six years.

Sadio Mané left Liverpool this summer after six wonderful years at the club. He’s been outstanding from start to finish, in truth, playing significant roles in every trophy win. And there have been a lot of them.

His exit is arguably the biggest since Luis Suárez, such was Mané’s importance to the side. He also leaves while playing some of the best football of his career – if not the outright best. The no.10 was just that good last season.

Thus this one was hard to take. Mané wanting to leave also left a gaping hole in the squad and tore up one of the best forward lines we’ve ever seen. It’s not exactly the way Liverpool wanted things to go.

So how did Mané go about asking to leave Liverpool, then? Jurgen Klopp explained the process to Liverpoolfc.com this week and he admits he liked how it went.

How Sadio Mané asked to leave Liverpool

“I like the way it happened now because it was completely clean,” said Klopp. “We knew, he told us, his agent told us, they wanted to leave, they wanted to have a new challenge, find a new club.

“[It’s] never easy negotiations – it’s all good until we talk about money, but that worked then really well.”

Photo by S. Mellar/FC Bayern via Getty Images

It’s an interesting one as things rarely go that smoothly – especially when it’s one of your best players. Just one look at the Cristiano Ronaldo situation at Old Trafford shows you that.

Liverpool can feel fortunate, then, that they’re in such a good position. Mané’s request to leave was amicable and the club dealt with it as best they could, bringing in some exciting players and renewing Mohamed Salah’s contract.

What could have been a disaster is instead a perfectly manageable situation. You can’t ask for more than that.

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know
or Comment Below
LOGIN to Comment
LOGIN to Comment