August 16, 2022

Liverpool have agreed to sell Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich for up to £35million.

Bayern will pay an initial fee of £27.5m with an additional £5m depending on appearance. The Bundesliga club will pay an additional £2.5m based on individual and team achievements.

The deal eclipses what Liverpool paid for Mane – £31m plus £2.5m in add-ons – with Southampton receiving no extra money.

Mane has been central to the club’s success over the past six seasons, so he will leave with their blessing and gratitude.

Liverpool have been aware of the need to develop their squad without feeling as a driving factor and have effectively recalibrated their attack with the recruitment of Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Nunez.

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A look back at Sadio Mane’s best Premier League goals.

Bayern are confident of landing the Senegal international after receiving a verbal commitment from him last month. They believed this allowed them to secure a deal at a discount, especially given the development of Nunez.

The Bundesliga giants have also highlighted their “soft” negotiations with Liverpool for Thiago, selling the midfielder for an initial fee of £20m with the potential for a further £5m.

News of Mane’s impending move came when the Senegalese star took part in a parade in his country and returned to play football on a muddy surface in his home town of Bambaly. The match saw former Senegalese internationals Papiss Cissé and El-Hadji Diouf also playing with a large crowd.

sky sports expert Jamie Carragher tweeted: “My favorite @LFC player of that era, Sadio Mane finally goes low maintenance high performance & never injured! Trophies and goals galore, a true Liverpool legend. Thank you Sadio.”

How Mane embodied Klopp’s Liverpool

Liverpool's Sadio Mane, left, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal

Mane’s future had, until the final weeks of the season, been something of a sideshow to Salah’s – even though he too was entering the final year of his contract at Anfield.

It’s a familiar dynamic. Mane, though cherished by those associated with Liverpool, tends to receive only a fraction of the attention and praise given to his team-mate. It has been so since the arrival of the Egyptian, a year after his, in 2017.

He is leaving, however, having played an equally crucial role in transforming the club during Klopp’s tenure, leaving an indelible mark on Liverpool and indeed the Premier League as a whole.

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His arrival from Southampton in 2016 marked the beginning of the glorious chapter that followed. Mane was, after all, Klopp’s first major signing. Fast, fiercely aggressive and ruthlessly efficient, he has come to embody Klopp’s Liverpool perhaps better than anyone.

With Salah, he helped redefine the expectations of wide strikers, hitting double the goals in six consecutive seasons and scoring at least 20 goals in four of them. His overall tally of 120 puts him 14th in Liverpool’s all-time scoring charts.

The numbers cement his legacy at Liverpool while his consistency in output, as well as the pivotal role he played in the club’s first triumph in 30 years in 2020, also guarantees Premier League greatness.

Liverpool fixtures: Reds start at Fulham

The first round of 22/23 Premier League games
The first round of 22/23 Premier League games

Liverpool begin the 2022/23 Premier League campaign with a lunchtime trip to newly-promoted Fulham on Saturday August 6.

This will be the fourth season in a row that Liverpool have started a new campaign against a Premier League newcomer.

But having next faced Crystal Palace, Jurgen Klopp’s side will face Man Utd at Old Trafford on August 20.

September will include away trips to Everton and Chelsea in September and Liverpool will also face back-to-back clashes against Arsenal and champions Man City on October 8 and 15 respectively.

Liverpool’s last game before the season’s temporary halt for the Winter World Cup will be against Southampton at Anfield on November 12 before returning to action at Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

The Reds then host rivals United on March 4, before awkward clashes on back-to-back weekends at City (April 1) and against Arsenal at Anfield (April 8), before ending the season at Southampton.

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