16-goal ex-Liverpool man backed to become a ‘superstar’ in new league: ‘It’s a massive deal’

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Sadio Mane has been backed to be ‘the new superstar of the Bundesliga’ following his switch away from Liverpool.

Florian Plettenberg shared his confident prediction after a £27.5m deal saw the AFCON winner trade Anfield for the Allianz Arena with the 16-goal (in the English top-flight last term) winger keen on a new challenge.

“This is a massive deal for Bayern Munich and for the Bundesliga. It’s a massive deal for Bayern’s sporting CEO Hasan Salihamidzic,” the journalist was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

“Sadio Mane is a world-class player – he has so many capabilities and was very important to the Liverpool team.

“I’m very optimistic Sadio Mane will become the new superstar of the Bundesliga.”

The Senegalese international enjoyed a trophy-laden six years with Jurgen Klopp’s men, playing a pivotal role in the early revolution inspired by the German’s arrival and the subsequent trophy victories that followed.

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Having been perhaps overshadowed at times by the brilliance of teammate Mo Salah – though certainly not underappreciate by fans, it should be emphasised – it’s important that we recognise just how critical the 30-year-old’s contributions were after his initial move from Southampton.

Winning all major trophies in England, Mane deservedly leaves the Premier League as a bona fide modern Liverpool legend who will be greatly missed.

It’s a departure that signals the next stage of the forward line’s development, of course, which is bound to be an exciting new chapter of Klopp’s reign at the Anfield helm.

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