‘We were thinking most about Manchester United’: Sadio Mane reveals he could have ended up at Liverpool’s fierce rivals before making switch to Anfield for £30m in 2016
- Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has taken Jurgen Klopp’s side to the next level
- But move to Anfield was not something he and his agent believed to be on table
- While he was at Southampton the focus was on Liverpool’s rivals Man United
Liverpool star Sadio Mane has revealed that he could have ended up at their fierce rivals Manchester United before he made the switch to Anfield for £30million from Southampton in 2016.
Mane has taken Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to the next level. They have reached back-to-back Champions League finals, winning it last year, and were on the verge of a first Premier League title in 30 years before English football was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However a move to Jurgen Klopp’s side was not something he and his agent believed to be on the table four years ago and the focus was on the Red Devils.
Liverpool star Sadio Mane has revealed he could have ended up at rivals Manchester United
When asked whether advances from Liverpool were expected, Mane told The Times: ‘Not really. ‘We were thinking most about Manchester United.
‘That was a tough time for me as I was on the bench so I was not thinking about anyone calling me, but I was pleased he [Klopp] did and was not thinking I was a rapper.’
A move to Jurgen Klopp’s side was not something he and his agent believed to be on the table
Klopp has admitted that he wasn’t particularly impressed with the first impression Mane gave in the new documentary, Made In Senegal, about the life of the Liverpool superstar.
‘I remember my first encounter with Sadio. It was in Dortmund. There was a really young guy sitting there. His baseball cap was askew, the blond streak he still has today,’ the Liverpool boss said.
‘He looked like a rapper just starting out. I thought, “I don’t have time for this”. Our team back then really wasn’t bad. I needed someone who could handle not being a starter at the very beginning, someone I could develop.
‘I’d say I have a pretty good feeling for people, but was I wrong! I followed his further career and continued success at Salzburg. In Southampton he just dominated.’
Liverpool forward Mane has taken the Merseyside club to the next level since joining in 2016
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