Michael Owen Speaks Out On Sadio Mane's Departure From Liverpool
Michael Owen has revealed his disappointment in Sadio Mané for his decision to move from Liverpool to Bayern Munich.
Owen tweeted that he is ‘struggling to understand’ the switch but went on to describe Mané as an ‘outstanding player’ who ‘will go down as a club legend.’
The Senegal international’s move to Bayern Munich was officially confirmed yesterday. Mané joins the German giants for £35.1 million.
Liverpool decided they’d let Mané leave the club at a cut price this summer due to the amount of respect he has paid to the club throughout the departing process.
I’m still struggling to understand why Sadio Mane would leave Liverpool for Bayern Munich but he’s been an outstanding player, given great service and will go down as a club legend.— Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) June 22, 2022
Mané is also now the wrong side of 30, and with a year left on his contract, Liverpool can be pretty pleased with the £35.1 million they’ve brought in for him.
Despite Owen’s bewilderment, it’s easy to understand why Mané has made the switch.
He has been living in the shadow of Liverpool’s talisman Mo Salah for a number of years now, and he joins Bayern as their main star, as Robert Lewandowski is set to leave.
Bayern remain one of the biggest clubs in the world, and Mané couldn’t resist the chance to become the face of Julian Nagelsmann’s team.
As much as it’s hurt Liverpool fans to see the back of Mané, who Owen quite rightly names a ‘club legend,’ Kopites will be quietly confident about the future.
Where Liverpool fans may have a few more concerns is in midfield.
Klopp has a set of injury prone and ageing players at his disposal in the middle of the park, yet the pursuit of a midfield addition has been postponed until next summer.
Mané’s departure will leave a void in the Liverpool squad. However, with the talent they already have in attacking areas, Liverpool fans aren’t too concerned about their club’s attack in the post-Mané era.
Midfield might be an area of worry, but as per usual under Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool are moving in the right direction.