‘You can’t let a player like him leave’ August 23, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

Dean Saunders believes that Liverpool made a big mistake in letting Sadio Mane leave the club this summer.

The Senegal international ended his six-year stay at Anfield by moving to Bayern Munich in a deal worth £35million earlier in the summer.

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Mane has made an electric start to life at Bayern Munich

Mane ended his six-year stay at Anfield this summer

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Mane ended his six-year stay at Anfield this summer

Since joining the German giants, Mane has really hit the ground running having scored four goals in four matches across the Bundesliga and the German Super Cup.

For Liverpool fans, many are looking on with envy.

Since the start of the Premier League season, Mane has scored as many goals as Jurgen Klopp’s entire team who have netted just four times in a disjointed start to the campaign.

Liverpool are without a win in the league so far, and after a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United, Saunders believes that Mane’s exit is hitting the club hard.

Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast, Saunders said: “It’s easy for me to say it, but I have been thinking it, you can’t just let a player like Sadio Mane leave and replace him.

“It affects the whole team.”

Liverpool have made a poor start to the new Premier League season

Liverpool have made a poor start to the new Premier League season

Responded to a comment that Fabio Carvalho was good when he came on, Saunders replied: “Yeah, but he’s not Mane.

“You just have to think about what he does in a game.

“Every time the ball is kicked long towards him or Salah the ball sticks. They’ve got glue on the end of their toe.

“They’re both strong so you can’t knock them off the ball. He carries the fight of the left-hand side. He does more than just score, he carries the whole left side of the pitch.

Klopp needs to find a way to replace Mane’s all-round game

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Klopp needs to find a way to replace Mane’s all-round game

“Salah’s not going to score as many goals with Mane not playing, for obvious reasons.

“The midfield three who we’ve looked at and always thought they’re quite average – they’re not Man City’s midfield – but they suit Liverpool’s way of playing because they walk back, so now you’re starting to question the midfield. You’re looking at Milner and Henderson, are they too old?

“It’s a combination of injuries, bad defending from Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and Mane leaving the club.”

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