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Sadio Mane admits it is ‘really strange’ to no longer be a Liverpool player after move to Bayern

Sadio Mane admitted it was “very strange” to no longer be a Liverpool player when he held a farewell interview following the completion of his move to Bayern Munich.

The Senegalese star, 30, signed a three-year contract at the Allianz Arena worth £250,000 a week as he opts for a ‘new challenge’ in Germany after six successful years at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp, when he won six trophies.

Mane is still held in such high regard on Merseyside and invited the club website for an interview at his home in Mallorca, where he spoke about his six-year stay and was first asked how it felt to no longer be a Liverpool player. to be.

Sadio Mane admitted it was 'very strange' to no longer be a Liverpool player as he held a farewell interview (left) following the completion of his move to Bayern Munich

Mane has put pen to paper on a three-year deal worth £250,000 a week at the Allianz Arena

Sadio Mane admitted it was ‘very strange’ to no longer be a Liverpool player as he held a farewell interview (left) following the completion of his move to Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich have taken over Mane from Liverpool and he has signed a three-year contract

Bayern Munich have taken over Mane from Liverpool and he has signed a three-year contract

Mané scored 90 Premier League goals in 196 appearances for the Reds - graphic by SofaScore

Mané has scored 90 Premier League goals in 196 appearances for the Reds – graphic by SofaScore

“It’s obviously strange – really strange – not to be a Liverpool player after six years at Anfield,” said Mane.

“But of course I had a great time, an incredible time, and since my first day I have really enjoyed training and playing, especially at Anfield and for these great supporters. Now it’s over, so what can you say?’

Mane – who says he has sent a lengthy text message to the squad and staff to say goodbye – also explained why he decided to leave Liverpool and the Premier League, stressing that his life has always been about ‘being challenged’.

“When the time came, I told the club that I want to leave, I want to go somewhere else to see a new challenge,” he added.

“It’s no different, it’s just a challenge, because for me I always want to challenge myself to get better and better.”

Senegalese star leaves Jurgen Klopp's side after six successful years on Merseyside

Senegalese star leaves Jurgen Klopp’s side after six successful years on Merseyside

Mane won the 2019 Champions League with Liverpool

A year later he won the Premier League

Mané won the 2019 Champions League with Liverpool and the Premier League a year later

Mane also paid tribute to his famous ‘front three’ team-mates Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino, while also nodding cheekily to new team-mate Manuel Neuer when asked about his best goal in a Reds shirt.

“I say my first goal at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal on my debut. And after that, my second goal, I say to Bayern Munich, to Manuel Neuer!

‘Sorry Manu, I’m coming, but I also think the second goal is incredible! So I will choose these two targets.’

Mane said his best goal for Liverpool was against new side Bayern in 2019 in Munich

Mane said his best goal for Liverpool was against new side Bayern in 2019 in Munich

Mane also paid tribute to his famous 'front three' teammates Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino

Mane also paid tribute to his famous ‘front three’ teammates Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino

The 30-year-old – who won every major club trophy during his time at Liverpool – added that his favorite moment in a Reds shirt was the 2019 comeback against Barcelona, ​​as well as the win against Tottenham a month later in Madrid.

He then thanked Liverpool fans for their support and revealed that he is now ‘Liverpool’s No 1 fan… forever!’

“I think whoever leaves Liverpool, with those supporters you will always miss them because until now” [they are] the best in the world and I’ve always said that,” he said.

‘Especially when [they sing] my name, “Mane! Running along the wing…!” – I don’t know, I can’t sing very well! Of course I really enjoyed the time and she, wow… how can I put it?

Mane said his favorite moment in a red shirt was winning the Champions League in 2019

Mane said his favorite moment in a red shirt was winning the Champions League in 2019

“I think playing at Anfield always gives you so much power because of the fans.

“So I’m definitely going to miss you, but anyway, I love you. I still have my home in Liverpool and everything so I will definitely be back, of course, and I would love to come back to Anfield one day to say hello to them and of course to watch Liverpool play because for me I’m going to be Liverpool’s number 1 fan – after the supporters!’

Mane also wrote an emotional goodbye on Instagram, saying: ‘Hello dear fans!! Hard to find the right words for this. I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, I’m so happy to be a very small part of this incredible success we’ve had together for the past 6 years.

‘You were always there. In good and bad times. I will never forget this. Thanks again. You never walk Alone. Sadio Mane.’

Mane also wrote an emotional goodbye on Instagram, thanking Liverpool supporters

Mane also wrote an emotional goodbye on Instagram, thanking Liverpool supporters

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