Liverpool star Sadio Mane has admitted he was eyeing a move to Manchester United before he completed his Anfield transfer. Liverpool signed the Senegal international from Southampton in 2016. Mane has been instrumental for Liverpool, with the Reds set to win their first Premier League title.
The 27-year-old, who won the Premier League Golden Boot last season alongside Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has netted 16 goals and chipped in with eight assists this time out.
However, Mane has revealed it could have been much different as he was eyeing a move to United before he joined Liverpool.
“We [Mane and his agent] were thinking most about Manchester United,” he told The Times.
“That was a tough time for me as I was on the bench so I was not thinking about anyone calling me but I was pleased he [Klopp] did and was not thinking I was a rapper.”
Klopp turned down the opportunity to sign Mane during his time as Borussia Dortmund boss.
In the new documentary, Made in Senegal, about Mane’s life, Klopp opened up on why he opted not to sign the winger.
“It was in Dortmund,” Klopp said in the documentary.
“There was a really young guy sitting there. His baseball cap was askew, the blond streak he still has today… he looked like a rapper just starting out.
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“I thought ‘I don’t have time for this’.
“Our team back then really wasn’t that bad. I needed someone who could handle not being a starter at the very beginning, someone I could develop.
“I’d say I have a pretty good feeling for people, but I was wrong. I followed his further career and continuing success in Salzburg. In Southampton he just dominated.
“It was great [when he signed for Liverpool]. Sadio wanted to work with me as much as I did with him, so it was a win-win situation.”
Premier League action will not return until April 30 at the very earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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