& # 39; I was really close … I even met them & # 39 ;: Liverpool star Sadio Mane shows that he almost became a member of fierce rivals Manchester United after Louis van Gaal had made an offer for striker
- Sadio Mane admitted that he was about to switch to Old Trafford in 2016
- But the former Southampton ace spoke with Jurgen Klopp and made a decision
- Forward joked: & # 39; I think he thought: & # 39; He always kills us, so let's buy him! & # 39;
- Mane is preparing for the Champions League final that scored in the game last year
Sadio Mane has revealed that he & # 39; really, very close & # 39; has come to join Manchester United in 2016 and even meet Louis van Gaal before deciding to join his fierce rivals Liverpool.
The Senegal striker has stood sublime throughout the season and did not take the time to establish himself as a star in the side of Jurgen Klopp after his transfer of £ 34 million three years ago.
Eye-catching at his lightning speed and eye for goal at St Mary & # 39; s, there were enough suitors and United saw their transfer target pulled by Liverpool from their nose.
Mane & # 39; s decision has seen him as one of the best attacking players in the world
& # 39; Yes, I was really close because I even met them. So I was coming, I was there and I spoke with the boss who was there before (Van Gaal), & Mane told the mirror.
& # 39; They made an offer, but in the same week Klopp called me. He said, "I think it's the right club. The right coach for me, and I think it's better that I go to Liverpool & # 39; I thought it was the right time. I said," I'm going to Liverpool. "& # 39;
Klopp has been a decisive factor in attracting top talent to Anfield and Mane was surprised at the affection the Liverpool team had for their boss.
SADIO MANE & # 39; S 2018/19 SEASONAL STATISTICS:
Substitute appearances: 1
Yellow cards: 4
Red cards: 0
& # 39; I never thought it could be. It is unbelievable. Everyone on the team loves Klopp! Usually you go to a club and complain players, & # 39; ah the coach … & # 39; but here is the opposite. Everyone is happy and we do everything together. & # 39;
And the 27-year-old joked that Klopp wanted to bring him in so that he couldn't harm the Reds when they were playing in Southampton while he always seemed to score.
& # 39; When I left Southampton, I saw many clubs, but I think Liverpool is the right club for me. I play against Liverpool, I play against City, United, every team and I scored a lot against Liverpool when I was in Southampton, but I still thought this club is my club!
Mane could not believe how popular Klopp was with all players in Liverpool
& # 39; The boss (Klopp) was in Liverpool and yet I always scored against them. I think he thought: & # 39; He always kills us, so let's buy him! & # 39; Yes, just to prevent me from scoring Liverpool – so it was good for both of us! & # 39;
Mane was the main light of Liverpool's deadly attacking triumvirate with Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino this season.
He has 26 goals and would like to add that on Saturday in the Champions League final against Tottenham.
The flying winger last year scored the losing battle against Real Madrid in the European flagship, but this weekend still has a chance of winning.
The 27-year-old says that nights like the victory over Barcelona will never leave him
His performances have drawn admiring glances from the Bernabeu, but Mane has recently moved to nip speculation.
& # 39; I think after this kind of thing (beating Barcelona in the semi-finals), you won't go anywhere else because we are the best club and the best fans, so I think this is something incredible, & # 39 ; he explained.
Liverpool still has to pick up a trophy under Klopp, but the Reds repeatedly position themselves to bring titles back to Merseyside.
How different Manes could be on Saturday evening if Louis van Gaal persuaded him to join United three years ago.
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