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Chelsea star warns Liverpool to brace for ‘huge impact’ of Sadio Mane exit, as Tuchel looks to close gap

Sadio Mane, Bayern Munich training July 2022

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy believes that Liverpool must be prepared for the ramifications of selling Sadio Mane this summer.

The Senegal international scored 120 goals in his six seasons at Anfield but wanted a new challenge. And at the age of 30, he has turned to Bayern Munich for a three-year deal, the last big contract of his career.

Mane, who certainly left his mark in the Premier League, is now looking to light up the Bundesliga. The 2019 Champions League winner also wants to add to his legacy in Europe.

Liverpool have consequently brought in former Benfica striker Darwin Nunez, who is still trying to adapt to the Jurgen Klopp style.

And Blues goalkeeper Mendy – Mane’s Senegal team-mate – has warned that his exit could have a big impact on the Reds.

“I think it is a big loss for the Premier League in terms of quality and in terms of the person,” Mendy told Metro.

“We’ve lost someone great and I hope for him he will enjoy the Bundesliga.

“He’s also a big loss [to Liverpool] because of his quality, the impact he makes and also because, for the young players, he’s an example.

“When you lose someone like this it can have a huge impact.”

Chelsea want to benefit from Mane exit

Mendy’s comments come as Chelsea look to close the gap to Liverpool in the Premier League table.

The Reds finished second – a point behind champions Manchester City – but 18 ahead of Thomas Tuchel’s side.

That is despite Romelu Lukaku’s return to Stamford Bridge last summer looking like the final piece in the puzzle for the west London club.

This time around, Chelsea have signed Raheem Sterling from City in the hope of closing the gap.

Goalkeeper Mendy will also have a new-look defence ahead of him. Following the exits of centre-backs Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, Kalidou Koulibaly – another Senegal star – has arrived in defence.

Liverpool also bolstering for new season

But Liverpool’s signing of Nunez, they hope, will see them immediately replace Mane. They also have an option for the long-term to maintain their title charge.

Nunez is only 22 and so has lots of learning still to do, as well as untapped potential.

He has had a relatively slow start to pre-season but Klopp hopes he can hit the ground running in the new season.

All in all, Chelsea and Liverpool have made significant changes this summer, with the aim being to take Premier League crown off Manchester City.