Dean Saunders 'can't believe' Sadio Mane is leaving the Reds

‘He’ll RUIN the best two years of his career’: Ex-Liverpool striker Dean Saunders ‘can’t believe’ Sadio Mane is leaving the club for Bayern Munich, claiming the Bundesliga ‘isn’t a challenge’ for him

  • Sadio Mane is leaving Liverpool to sign for German champions Bayern Munich
  • The £35.1m move is set to be completed after a medical next Tuesday
  • Dean Saunders has criticised Mane, branding the move ‘not a challenge’
  • Bayern have won the German Bundesliga title for the last 10 years in a row 

Former Liverpool forward Dean Saunders has claimed that Sadio Mane will ‘ruin the best two years of his life as a footballer’ by signing for Bayern Munich.

The 30-year-old is set to depart Anfield and sign for the German champions, with the transfer nearing completion.

He is set to arrive in Germany for a medical on Tuesday, but, according to former Reds forward Saunders, the move is ‘not a challenge’ for Mane.

Sadio Mane is leaving Liverpool after six years on Merseyside to join Bayern Munich

Dean Saunders played for Liverpool for just over a year, and criticised Mane’s move

Saunders, who made 61 appearances for Liverpool between July 1991 and September 1992, said on talkSPORT: ‘Nothing against the club, it’s a great club, but the league is nowhere near a challenge for Mane.

‘He’ll get goals. They win 5-0 every week, only one team can win the league.

‘It’s not a challenge. He will get in his armchair, light a cigar up, he’ll play for Bayern in third gear and he’ll coast for two years and ruin the best two years of his life as a footballer.’

The Senegal international is set to officially join Bayern for £35.1million next week after leaving Anfield with just one year remaining on his contract.

He won the Premier League and Champions League – among other trophies – during his six-year stay on Merseyside, and will now join a team which has lifted the Bundesliga title in each of the last 10 seasons. 

Mane won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2019 after they beat Tottenham in the final

The forward also lifted the Premier League title at Anfield, back in the 2019-2020 season

‘At the end of his career, if he said to you ‘come and look at my trophy cabinet’, the German league winners medal will be right at the back,’ said Saunders.

‘I can’t believe he’s leaving Liverpool, I don’t know how it’s got to this point.

‘He’s 30, I think of all his time at the club, the last six months he’s played the best football, he’s been unstoppable at times.’

Mane scored 120 goals in 269 appearances for Liverpool, forming a formidable front three with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah along the way.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp will hope that new £85million forward Darwin Nunez will be able to replace Mane’s goals after the 22-year-old joined Liverpool earlier this week.

He lost the Champions League final 1-0 to Real Madrid in his final game for Liverpool

Mane will undergo a medical at Julian Nagelsmann’s Bayern Munich on Tuesday

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