‘Why would you want to leave this Liverpool team?’: Steven Gerrard tells Sadio Mane he would be making a big mistake by quitting the club… but star forward looks set to ignore Anfield legend and announce he is off
- Steven Gerrard says Sadio Mane should not leave Liverpool this summer
- The Senegalese forward is expected to quit the Reds in the transfer window
- Villa boss questioned why Mane ‘would want to leave this Liverpool team’
- Bayern Munich are said to be monitoring the winger’s situation in England
- Jurgen Klopp’s side fell to defeat in the Champions League final on Saturday
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has warned Sadio Mane that he would be making a huge mistake by leaving the Reds in the summer.
The Senegalese star has been strongly linked with a move away from Anfield in the coming months, as he wants to start a new chapter in his impressive career.
In light of this, Aston Villa boss Gerrard questioned why Mane would ‘want to leave this Liverpool team’ after another successful season with the Merseyside club.
Sadio Mane has been strongly linked with a move away from Liverpool in recent weeks
Reds legend Steven Gerrard (centre right) questioned why Mane would want to leave the club
Speaking to BT Sport, Gerrard said: ‘[Mohamed] Salah has already said that he is going to be here next year, I know there is a bit of noise around Mane.
‘But why would you want to leave this Liverpool team because you know that they are going to be competitive in the business end of the season?’
Egyptian star Salah was also uncertain over his future at Liverpool, but is now expected to stay at the club until the end of next season at least – a decision which Gerrard thinks Mane should follow.
Prior to the Champions League final, Mane teased an announcement over his future by saying: ‘Come back to me on Saturday and I will give you the best answer you want to hear, for sure. It’s special. I will give you all you want to hear then.’
The Senegalese forward has won the Africa Cup of Nations, the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup during this calendar year – having fallen just short of Premier League and Champions League success with the Reds.
The Senegalese forward pictured wearing his 2021/22 Champions League runners-up medal
When questioned on the possible move, Jurgen Klopp made reference to his previous rivalry with Bayern Munich – who are the side said to be ready to bid £35million for Mane.
Klopp said: ‘Wherever Sadio will play next season he will be a big player, definitely. Sadio is in the shape of his life, for sure. Brilliant shape, it is a joy to watch him. We ask of him a lot this season, football asks of him a lot — lot of finals. I couldn’t care less in the moment.’
‘[I have] no concerns, it’s completely normal. It’s not the first time in my career that before a game rumours about Bayern Munich come up, but no problem at all.’
Liverpool boss Klopp said he has ‘no concerns’ over Mane’s potential transfer from Anfield
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