Diao: Mane felt let down by Liverpool manager Klopp

Diao: Mane felt let down by Liverpool manager Klopp

Former Liverpool midfielder Salif Diao blames manager Jurgen Klopp for Sadio Mane's departure for Bayern Munich.

Mane left the Reds in the summer for £35m.

“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 told the Liverpool 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."

On Darwin Nunez replacing Mane, Diao also said: “Everyone knew it would be hard.

“For any player coming in, it would be hard to take his place. I think people didn't realise the hard work he has been doing here at Liverpool.

“It's normal, he's a top player. He's been one of the best top three players, if not the best, over the past four years in the world. He's proven on all levels. Of course it would be hard for any player to come in and fill his space. It's going to take time."