Former Liverpool and Senegal midfielder, Salif Diao, says his countryman, Sadio Mane, left the English Premier League (EPL) giants in the summer because coach Jurgen Klopp did not show him the ‘needed love’.
The reigning African footballer of the year joined Bayern Munich in the last transfer window after spending six seasons with the Reds.
During that period, he played 269 matches and scored 120 goals. He played a vital role as the Merseyside club won every major club trophy in the last six seasons.
However, he opted to join the Bundesliga champions who paid his former club €41 million (£35m/$43m).
“I think he has been here for a couple of years and I think at some point he thought he did not have the love that he needed really, here at Anfield,” Diao, 45, told the Echo.
“I’m not talking about the fans, for him, I think it was more with the manager.”
“Things weren’t really going on as they should be so that’s why he decided to go for a new challenge.
“I think as a top player, every time you stay 4-5 years at a top club, sometimes it’s good to go for a new challenge.”