Jurgen Klopp has responded cautiously to speculation about Liverpool star Sadio Mane’s move to record German champions Bayern Munich.
“This isn’t the first time rumors have surfaced about Bayern before an important game in my career. This is the wrong moment to talk about. No matter where he plays next season – he will definitely be a great player,” he said. The manager of the Reds team, one day before the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
You want to intensify the conversations only after the final, as you like picture I tested. Bayern Munich are reportedly willing to pay €30m for the 30-year-old, with the Reds allegedly wanting €50m for the man whom Real Madrid and PSG are also said to be courting. Mane’s contract at Liverpool runs until 2023.
However, Mane is not planned in Munich as a replacement for world footballer Robert Lewandowski, who is still willing to change. He has an international rank as top scorer, which is confirmed by 120 goals in 268 official matches for Liverpool. But he is in the wing position – and therefore a replacement for Serge Gnabry, who has so far rejected an improved offer from Bayern to extend his contract, which also expires in 2023.
My work: Mane and Gnabry have the same consultant who was seen with Munich sports director Hasan Salihamidzic in Mallorca. Does one come because the other goes?
Mane announced that he will answer the question about his future after the final on Saturday (9pm at LIVETICKER). “I’ll tell you everything you want to hear, but only after the final: come back on Saturday and I’ll answer, I promise,” Mane said.
Klopp expressed his admiration for his student on Friday, saying: “He’s at the best of his life. It’s fun to watch,” the Liverpool boss said. “I didn’t pay much attention to these rumours. We are all focused on the match.”
UEFA Champions League: Klopp rejects the preferred role
Klopp rejected the role of the finalists. “If you look at the players’ history and experiences, Real Madrid is the favorite. Many of their players can win the Champions League for the fifth time, the coach for the fourth time. That says everything about Real. But if we showed our best performance, it’s hard to play. against us.”
Klopp can count on Thiago Alcantara and recently injured Fabinho in the final. “He looks good for both of them,” he said. “They are both training normally today.” Thiago was substituted at the end of the first half in last weekend’s 3-1 win over Wolverhampton. Fabinho has not played a game since his 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on May 10 due to a muscle injury.