Sadio Mane has been told he will ‘sink’ in the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich and ‘ruin the best two years of his footballing life’ if he leaves Liverpool this summer.
The Senegalese Reds star is set to walk away from Anfield in a deal worth up to £35m, ending a six-year spell in which he won all the trophies offered at club level.
Mane is set to join a team that has won the last ten German league titles on offer, with little competition along the way.
Considered a replacement for Robert Lewandowski up front with the Pole angling for a move to Barcelona, Mane will shoulder the goalscoring burden in Bavaria.
But former Liverpool and Wales striker Dean Saunders doesn’t see that as a challenge.
“Nothing against the club, they are a great club, but the league is far from a challenge for Mane,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.
“He will score goals. They win 5-0 every week, only one team can win the league.
“It’s not a challenge. He’s going to sit in his chair, light a cigar, he’s going to play for Bayern in third gear and he’s going to ride for two years and waste the best two years of his life as a footballer.
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“At the end of his career, if he says ‘come and see my trophy cabinet’, the German league winner’s medal will be right behind it.”
The 30-year-old striker will leave Merseyside with a record 120 goals in 269 games and trophies in all six club competitions he has featured in.
Mane was one of the first major signings of the Jurgen Klopp era at Liverpool, joining Southampton in 2016 and forming a memorable attacking trident with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
The Reds have bolstered their attacking ranks with Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and, most recently, Darwin Nunez, but Saunders believes now is not the right time for Mane to leave.
“I can’t believe he’s leaving Liverpool, I don’t know if it’s come to this point,” he added.
“He’s 30, I think of all his time at the club, the last six months he’s played the best football, he’s been unstoppable at times.
“He moved up the middle when Diaz signed and he started to get better and better at finding pockets and connecting play.
“I don’t understand why you would want to leave Liverpool right now, when you are playing the best football of your life in the best combination of the top three he will play in, to go and play for Bayern Munich.”
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