Having moved to Anfield from Southampton for a fee in the region of £34 million back in 2016, Mane has established himself as one of the best wide-left attackers in European football after playing a crucial role in Liverpool’s Champions League triumph last season.
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But it turns out things could’ve been very different indeed had Mane decided to accept an offer from Liverpool’s arch enemies, back when Louis van Gaal was in charge at Old Trafford.
Speaking via the Mirror, the Ballon d’Or nominee was asked if he was expecting interest from Liverpool before their initial approach, and he said: “Not really.
“We were thinking most about Manchester United.
“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.”
Mane’s ‘rapper’ comments is a reference to remarks Jurgen Klopp has made when recalling his first encounter with the 27-year-old, where the German coach said: “I remember my first encounter with Sadio. It was in Dortmund.
“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. I thought, ‘I don’t have time for this.’
“I’d say I have a pretty good feeling for people, but was I wrong.”
Mane has formed a formidable partnership with Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah up-front for Liverpool, but just imagine how different things could’ve been had United got their man, eh?
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