Trevor Sinclair: Sadio Mane Was ‘Never Lauded’ Like Team Mates

Sadio Mane quit Liverpool because he didn’t feel ‘lauded or appreciated’ by Liverpool compared to some teammates, Trevor Sinclair has claimed.

Liverpool allowed the forward to leave for Bayern Munich, after revealing his desire for a new challenge.

Jurgen Klopp was disheartened to lose one of his key players this summer. Other club legends like Michael Owen, were also surprised he wanted to go.

Sinclair, however, says Mane may have made up his mind due to various factors.

‘This Sadio Mane transfer is obviously universally accepted now he’s left Liverpool Football Club as a club legend.
‘But I keep on hearing some fans and ex-players saying ”I don’t know why he left?” Let me tell you why he’s left.
‘One, I don’t think he’s ever been lauded and appreciated at the football club like Virgil van Dijk or Mo Salah.
‘Two, the fact that Liverpool let his contract go down to the last year kind of suggests that that’s how they felt about him.
‘Three, I think the main thing is that Jurgen Klopp lost him when he came out and belittled the AFCON tournament which his manager (for Senegal) Aliou Cisse had to come out and defend the AFCON and said ”you were coming second until our African players started playing for you”.

‘Mane is a man of principles, you’ve seen him buy hospitals, buy schools, and all the rest of it in his hometown of Senegal and it’s for these reasons I feel Sadio Mane’s thought, you know what, I’m going, I’m leaving the club.

‘He’s had a good time, he’s been a club legend but I don’t think he could play on after that.’ He told talkSPORT.

Sadio Mane scored 120 goals and assisted 48 times during his 269 appearances for the Anfield outfit and departed after six years stint.

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