'Always': £55m Bayern star admits he's desperate to face Liverpool in CL this year, it's not Sadio Mane
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'Always': £55m Bayern star admits he's desperate to face Liverpool in CL this year, it's not Sadio Mane

Bayern Munich forward Leroy Sane has admitted that he’s desperate to play Liverpool in this season’s Champions League.

Speaking to The Athletic, Sane says he’d love to face Liverpool again, despite games against them being ‘exhausting.’

“Liverpool is always a great game, really hard and exhausting,” said the former Manchester City man. “I’d (also) love to play against Real Madrid again, and I would also enjoy meeting City. It would be difficult. But that’s the kind of pressure I’m looking for, it’s the most fun you can have as a player.”

Sane actually had an excellent record against Liverpool whilst at Man City. The £55m man scored four goals in eight games against The Reds.

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Mane and Sane set to return to Anfield?

The prospect of facing Bayern in the Champions League is always a mouth-watering clash. With 12 titles between them, the two clubs really are the definition of European royalty.

This season, there’s of course even more reason to get excited about a clash between Liverpool and Bayern. A meeting would see the return of Sadio Mane to Anfield.

That would be a strange affair for Liverpool fans used to seeing Mane in Liverpool red for the last six years. It would also be their first time facing him since he bagged twice against them for Southampton in March 2016.

Just like Sane, Mane actually has a very impressive goal scoring record against Liverpool. Playing for Saints, he scored four goals in four games against the club he left this summer.

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With Mane and Sane in the team, Bayern would surely pose more threat than they did on their last trip to Anfield – a 0-0 draw in February 2019.

Liverpool are arguably a better side now than they were then, too. They’ve also added former Bayern stalwart Thiago Alcantara to the team. He’d surely relish a trip back to the club where he spent seven years as a player.

With the history and size of these two behemoths, a knockout stage tie would be a huge event. But given Liverpool’s status in pot 2 for this month’s group-stage draw, they could actually face off in the group.

Anticipation is building ahead of yet another Champions League campaign for Liverpool. Both of these sides will have their eye on taking home the trophy in Istanbul next June.

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