Sadio Mane vows he will “beat Liverpool”

Former Liverpool star Sadio Mane has stated that he is willing to play for Bayern Munich if the two sides meet in the Champions League this season.

Mane was part of the Liverpool team that cruised past the German giants in the Round of 16 in 2019, scoring a brace to eliminate Bayern in their own backyard. After defeating Tottenham in the final, Liverpool went on to win the competition.

But, after six fruitful years at Anfield, Mane will now wear the red of Bayern Munich, and he has already set his sights on his old club in the battle for European supremacy.

Mane had previously described his strike against Bayern as one of his favourite goals, but he backtracked on that claim slightly when speaking in the official Bundesliga newsletter.

The 30-year-old quipped: “I said maybe my favourite but now I would say second favourite goal, not my first, because he’s my teammate. No, I’m joking… Of course, I think it was a good goal, kind of a good goal. We had a good game. This is behind us. If we’re going to meet again, of course as Bayern Munich we’d beat Liverpool.”

After failing to reach an agreement with Liverpool on a new long-term contract, Bayern Munich made Mane their top priority heading into the summer.

And the former Southampton man will now lead the line for the reigning German champions after Robert Lewandowski was cleared to join Barcelona last month.

Mane has already won his first trophy since moving to Munich, scoring in Bayern’s thrilling 5-3 victory over RB Leipzig in the German Super Cup final last weekend, but the striker is hungry for more.

Bayern Munich failed to reclaim their European crown after winning the Champions League in 2020, but they won the Bundesliga ahead of Borussia Dortmund.

And Mane is determined to repeat that feat this season after being denied domestic glory with Liverpool on the final day of the 2021/22 Premier League season.

He added: “I don’t think it’s easy. I want to be clearer. If you play for Bayern Munich,I came here to win all the games possible. Of course, to win all the trophies. Of course, before the beginning of the season our target is to win all the trophies possible. I’m here to help my teammates and to achieve our dreams.”