Just a few months after leaving Liverpool, Bayern Munich forward Sadio Mane reportedly “privately admitted to friends” that he is “missing” Liverpool.
After spending a very successful few seasons at the club, Mane left Liverpool in the summer.
In 2014, the Reds signed the Southampton forward for about £34 million. When they invested this much to bring him in, a few heads turned.
However, Mane went on to surpass expectations as he developed into one of the best forwards in the world during his time at the club, much like many of Liverpool’s recent acquisitions.
Liverpool won the Premier League, Champions League, Carabao Cup, and FA Cup thanks to his 120 goals in 269 games.
Mane’s Liverpool contract was set to expire in 2023, but before the end of the 2021/22 season, he made the decision that he wanted to leave to join Bayern Munich.
Due to Liverpool’s lack of opposition, this transaction was concluded amicably. The English club also did well, as they were able to acquire him for about £35 million in the summer, as opposed to 2023, when they might have lost him for nothing.
The 30-year-old signed a three-year contract with Bayern Munich that runs through 2025, and in his first 22 games for the club, he has registered 11 goals and four assists.
In contrast to their high expectations, the German team had a slow start to the 2022–23 season, but they are now in first place.
They have also qualified for the last-16 stage of the Champions League as group winners.
Back in September, ex-Liverpool player Dietmar Hamann claimed that Mane is “looking isolated” at Bayern.
“He is not integrated. I saw him at Liverpool FC, where he played through the middle. That is not his position. Now he’s taking that position at FC Bayern as well,” Hamann told GMX.
“He is at his best when he comes from the outside. He doesn’t look happy to me.
“Other players like Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala or, in defence, Lucas Hernandez, who is injured at the moment, are putting in outstanding performances.
“Nobody is talking about Mane at the moment. He seems isolated and hardly takes part in the game. FC Bayern has to get a grip on that.”
Since Hamann made these remarks, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who is reportedly a target for Manchester United, has been operated down the middle and Mane has switched back to playing on the left flank.
Mane allegedly privately told his friends that he “misses Liverpool and the Premier League” in a recent report from Football Insider.
‘Sources with knowledge of his situation’ claim that the Senegal international even ‘pines for his old club’.