Sadio Mane admitted it was ‘really strange’ to no longer be a Liverpool player as he conducted a farewell interview following the completion of his move to Bayern Munich.
The Senegal star, 30, penned a three-year deal 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.
Still held in such high regard on Merseyside, Mane invited the club website to conduct 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.
Sadio Mane admitted it was ‘really strange’ to no longer be a Liverpool player as he conducted a farewell interview (left) following the completion of his move to Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich have signed Mane from Liverpool and he has penned a three-year deal
Mane scored 90 Premier League goals in 196 appearances for the Reds – graphic by SofaScore
‘Obviously it is strange – really, really strange – to no longer be a Liverpool player after six years spent at Anfield,’ Mane said.
‘But of course I had a great time, an unbelievable time, and since my first day I really, really enjoyed training, playing, at Anfield especially and in front of these amazing supporters. Now it’s come to the end, so what can you say?’
Mane – who says he has sent a long text to the squad and staff to say goodbye – also detailed why he decided to leave Liverpool and the Premier league, insisting his life is always about ‘being challenged.’
‘When it came I said to the club that I want to leave, I want to go somewhere else to see a new challenge,’ he added.
‘It is not anything else, it is just a challenge because for me I want to always be challenging myself to get better and better.’
The Senegal star leaves Jurgen Klopp’s side after six successful years on Merseyside
Mane 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, whilst also having a cheeky nod towards new team-mate Manuel Neuer when asked his about his best goal in a Reds shirt.
‘I will say my first goal at Emirates Stadium against Arsenal on my debut. And then after, my second goal, I will say against Bayern Munich, against Manuel Neuer!
‘Sorry Manu, I am coming but I think the second goal was also unbelievable! So, I will pick these two goals.’
Mane said his best goal for Liverpool was against new side Bayern back in 2019 in Munich
Mane also paid tribute to his famous ‘front three’ team-mates Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino
The 30-year-old – who won every major club trophy during his time at Liverpool – added that his favourite moment in a Reds shirt was the 2019 comeback against Barcelona as well as the triumph against Tottenham a month later in Madrid.
He then thanked the Liverpool fanbase for their support, revealing he is now ‘Liverpool’s No 1 fan… forever!’
‘I think whoever is leaving Liverpool, with those supporters you will always miss them because so far [they are] the best in the world and I have always said it,’ he said.
‘Especially when [they sing] my name, “Mane! Running down the wing…!” – I don’t know, I can’t sing very well! Of course I really enjoyed the time and they, wow… how can I say it?
Mane said his favourite moment in a Reds shirt was winning the Champions League in 2019
‘Playing at Anfield I think always gives you so much power because of the fans.
‘So, for sure I am going to miss you guys but anyway, I love you guys. I still have my house in Liverpool and everything so for sure I will come back, of course, and I would love one day to come back to Anfield to say hi to them and of course to watch Liverpool playing because for me, I am going to be Liverpool’s No.1 fan – after the supporters!’
Mane also penned an emotional farewell on Instagram, saying: ‘Hi dear fans!! Difficult to find the right words for this. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, I am so pleased to be a very small part of this incredible success we had together during the last 6 years.
‘You were always there. In good and in bad times. I never will forget this. Thank you again. You never walk alone. Sadio Mané.’
Mane also penned an emotional farewell on Instagram, thanking the Liverpool supporters