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Sadio Mane left Liverpool because he was ‘never hired’ like his teammates, claims Trevor Sinclair

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Sadio Mane left Liverpool because he was ‘never praised or appreciated by the club as much as Virgil van Dijk or Mohamed Salah’ and ‘Jurgen Klopp belittled AFCON’, claims Trevor Sinclair

  • Sadio Mane chose to leave Liverpool and join Bayern Munich this summer
  • Trevor Sinclair thinks there are three main reasons the striker left
  • Pundit says Mane wasn’t as popular as Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk
  • He also highlighted his contract situation and Jurgen Klopp’s AFCON comments

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Sadio Mane left Liverpool because he did not feel “praised or appreciated” by the club compared to some teammates, has claimed Trevor Sinclair.

After revealing his desire for a new challenge, the striker was cleared to leave for Bayern Munich, with a £35million deal agreed following several rejected offers.

Jurgen Klopp has expressed dismay at the exit of one of his key players this summer, while other club legends including Michael Owen were surprised he wanted to leave.

Sadio Mane may have left Liverpool because he didn’t feel ‘appreciated’ as much as his teammates

Sinclair, however, says a variety of factors may have helped her decide.

He told talkSPORT: “This transfer of Sadio Mane is obviously universally accepted now that he has left Liverpool Football Club as a club legend.”

“But I keep hearing fans and ex-players say ‘I don’t know why he left? Let me tell you why he left.

The striker has joined the Bundesliga champions in a £35m deal and has been revealed

The striker has joined the Bundesliga champions in a £35m deal and has been revealed

Trevor Sinclair believes off-pitch factors helped Mane decide whether to leave

Trevor Sinclair believes off-pitch factors helped Mane decide whether to leave

“Firstly, I don’t think he was ever praised and appreciated at the football club like Virgil van Dijk or Mo Salah.

“Secondly, the fact that Liverpool let his contract run out last year somehow suggests that’s how they felt about him.”

“Three, I think the main thing is that Jurgen Klopp lost it when he came out and belittled the CAN tournament that his coach (for Senegal) Aliou Cisse had to come out and defend the CAN and said” you were coming second till our Africa players started playing for you”.

‘Mane is a man of principle, you’ve seen him buy hospitals, buy schools and everything else in his hometown in Senegal and that’s why I feel Sadio Mane’s thought, you know what, I go, I leave the club.

Mohamed Salah (L) and Virgil van Dijk (R) have been praised more than Mane, Sinclair added

Mohamed Salah (L) and Virgil van Dijk (R) have been praised more than Mane, Sinclair added

“He had a great time, he’s a club legend but I don’t think he can continue playing after that.”

Klopp then clarified his comments about the Africa Cup of Nations, insisting that his remarks had been misinterpreted and that he would ‘never’ have deliberately minimized it.

Mane, meanwhile, has scored 120 goals and 48 assists in his 269 total appearances for the Anfield side, and left after his superb six-year spell.

He was an integral part of Liverpool reaching three Champions League finals in just five years and helped the club to glory in this competition and in the Premier League.

Jurgen Klopp was criticized last season for his remarks on the Africa Cup of Nations

Jurgen Klopp was criticized last season for his remarks on the Africa Cup of Nations

Speaking after joining Bayern, he said: “I was really, really clear in my mind.

“When I was told about Bayern’s interest, we discussed it. I think it wasn’t even days, just a few seconds and I made my decision.

“I think it’s the right decision, the right time and the right club. As a Bayern fan or a Bayern player, you already know the club’s project.

“If you play for this club, you should know that you are here to fight for all possible trophies.”

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