Former Liverpool player Didi Hamann claims Sadio Mane looks ‘isolated’ and ‘not integrated’ at Bayern Munich, which has given Liverpool hope of a possible return for the attacker.
Mane hit 120 goals in 269 games for Liverpool during a six-year spell at Anfield. He formed a fantastic relationship with forwards Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino, helping Liverpool to win several trophies under Jurgen Klopp. These include the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
Mane entered the final 12 months of his Liverpool contract last summer and this began the process of a move away.
Liverpool were desperate to tie him down to a new deal, but were ultimately unsuccessful. Mane wanted a new challenge and knew he could get one due to his terms running down.
Bayern swooped and agreed a deal with Liverpool for the Senegalese in June, with the transfer going through on July 1. As per reports, Liverpool got an initial £27.4million for Mane. The transfer could rise to £35.1m through add-ons.
Mane was taken to Bayern as the German giants knew Robert Lewandowski wanted to go to Barcelona. His move went through later in July.
Mane made his Bayern debut in the German super cup victory over RB Leipzig. He also got on the scoresheet as Bayern won 5-3.
The Liverpool legend has made 11 appearances for the Bavarians in all competitions, registering five goals. Three of these goals have come in the Bundesliga.
Hamann has Sadio Mane concern
However, Mane doesn’t look like his normal self as he is still getting used to life in Germany, and the way Bayern play.
Liverpool have been given hope that they could re-sign the forward from Bayern as Hamann states he is struggling at the Allianz Arena.
Hamann told German outlet GMX (via Anfield Watch): “He is not integrated. I saw him at Liverpool where he played through the middle. That is not his position.
“Now he’s taking that position at Bayern as well. He is at his best when he comes from the outside. He doesn’t look happy to me.
“Other players like Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala or, in defence, Lucas Hernandez, who is injured at the moment, are putting in outstanding performances.
“Nobody is talking about Mane at the moment. He seems isolated and hardly takes part in the game. FC Bayern has to get a grip on that.”
Liverpool fans would love their club to re-sign Mane. While Darwin Nunez looks set for a bright future with the Reds, he is yet to reach top form.
Liverpool have struggled at times without a focal point in attack, which is exactly what Mane gave them.
While a Liverpool reunion would be great to see, it is unlikely. Mane’s struggles are just teething problems and he will soon start to show his true ability with Bayern.
It is testament to Mane that him being ‘out of form’ still results in five goals in 11 matches. Imagine how many goals he will score for Bayern once he becomes a fully integrated part of the team.