It is claimed that the Senegalese striker did not accept the words his former coach said at Anfield about the Africa Cup of Nations
Former Manchester City player Trevor Sinclair has highlighted three reasons he believes Sadio Mane left Liverpool, and Jurgen Klopp’s remarks are one of them.
After weeks of speculation, the Senegal striker finally officially left for Bayern Munich, Wednesday (22/6) yesterday, with a transfer value of £ 35 million.
Mane’s contract at Anfield is entering its final year and insists he doesn’t want to stay together The Redsleaving former Liverpool stars such as Dean Saunders and Michael Owen wondering why he would want to leave the club where he was so loved.
Why was Mane willing to leave Liverpool for Bayern Munich?
But Sinclair believes it was factors off the pitch that made Mane determined to leave Liverpool.
The former Man City player said to talkSPORT: “I keep hearing some fans and former players [Liverpool] wonder why Mane left. I’m here to tell you.”
“First, I don’t think he’s ever been hailed and appreciated as much as [Liverpool] applaud and applaud Virgil van Dijk or Mohamed Salah.”
“Secondly, the fact that Liverpool left Mane’s contract unrenewed in the last year seems to show that that’s how they feel about him.”
“Thirdly, I think the main thing is that Jurgen Klopp ‘lost’ himself when he denigrated the Africa Cup of Nations, where the manager [Senegal] i.e. Aliou Cisse had to defend the Africa Cup of Nations saying ‘You are only second until African players play for you’.”
What did Klopp say about the Africa Cup of Nations?
The German manager has come under fire for the “minor” comments, accusing him of disrespecting African football.
Klopp then refused to apologize and clarify that he in no way meant to refer to the Africa Cup of Nations as a “little tournament” or Africa a “small continent” and that his remarks were taken out of context.
Mane doesn’t agree with Klopp’s comments?
Sinclair added: “Mane is a man of principles. You’ve seen him build hospitals, schools, etc. in his hometown of Senegal.”
“For this reason I feel Sadio Mane is thinking: ‘I’m leaving, I’m leaving this club’.”
“He’s a success [di Liverpool] and become a legend, but I don’t think he wants to play anymore after that incident.”