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‘Liverpool’s No.1 fan’ Sadio Mane explains exactly why he left Anfield for Bayern Munich

Liverpool winger Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane says his motivation to leave Liverpool for Bayern Munich was driven by a new challenge, having won everything with Liverpool.

The Senegal attacker, 30, has signed a three-year deal with the Bundesliga champions after six years at Anfield.

In that time he helped the club win the Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

Bayern have paid Liverpool an initial £27.4m with a further £7.7m potentially in add ons.

Mane, who had one year left on his contract, scored 120 goals and grabbed 48 assists in 269 games for the Anfield club.

And the forward admitted the feeling of leaving was “strange” but insisted he needed a new challenge.

“Obviously it is strange – really, really strange – to no longer be a Liverpool player,” he told liverpoolfc.com

“But of course I had a great time, an unbelievable time. We won a lot.

“My life is always (about a) challenge and when it came I said to the club that I want to leave, I want to go somewhere else to see a new challenge.

“It is not anything else, it is just a challenge because for me I want to always be challenging myself to get better and better.”

Mane told Liverpool of his desire to leave last month, but speculation had begun in the months before that. But Mane still produced some of his best form of the campaign, scoring nine goals in his final 14 appearances.

Sadio Mane ‘very happy’ at Bayern

“There was a lot, a lot, of speculation but I’m not a confused boy in my head,” he added.

“Obviously I know what I want and I know what is professional so for me, I was not even thinking about it because I was still a Liverpool player and we had really important games.”

Asked if he was a Liverpool fan for life, he added: “Yeah, of course! After every game! After every one of my games in Munich I will come to the dressing room and I will watch Liverpool, for sure, because I am going to be Liverpool’s No.1 fan forever.

“I just want to say good luck to them and I have an eye on them. And for sure they will be even better because I know the boys: great players, great talent, great maturity and attitude, so of course, Liverpool will always stay even better, for sure.”

On his move to the Bundesliga, Mane told fcbayern.com: “I’m very happy to finally be with FC Bayern in Munich.

“We had a lot of talks and I felt the great interest of this big club from the start so there was no doubt in my mind right from the start:

“This is the right time for this challenge. I want to achieve a lot with this club, also internationally.”

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