Liverpool is preparing to face Tottenham in the Champions League final today, June 1st.
While they are getting ready for their second UCL final in a row, the Reds forward Sadio Mane has revealed why he snubbed Manchester United to sign for Liverpool.
Before making his move to Liverpool in 2016, Mane was close to joining the Red Devils and in an interview with former Liverpool player Robbie Fowler, the Senegalese has revealed about the details.
Robbie Fowler: The spirit in the team seems incredible right now.
Sadio Mane: I never thought it could be like this. It is incredible. Everybody in the team loves Klopp! Usually you go a club and the players are complaining, like, ‘ah the coach…’ but here it is the opposite. Everybody is happy and we do everything together.
RF: It could have been different. There was talk of Manchester United wanting to sign you as well as Liverpool .
SM: Yes, I was really, really close because I even met up with them. So I was coming, I was there and I spoke with the boss who was there before (Van Gaal).
They made an offer, but in the same week, Klopp called me. He said: “I think it’s the right club. The right coach for me, and I think it’s better that I go to Liverpool’. For me I think it was the right time as well. I said, “I am going to Liverpool.”
RF: Easy decision: Liverpool is the biggest club in the world!
SM: At that time, leaving Southampton , I saw many clubs, but I think Liverpool is the right club for me. I play against Liverpool, I play against City, United, every team and I scored a lot against Liverpool when I was at Southampton, but still I thought this club is my club!
The boss (Klopp) was at Liverpool and yet I always scored against them. I think he thought: ‘He’s always killing us, so let’s buy him!’ Yeah, just to stop me scoring against Liverpool – so it was good for us both!