Liverpool forward Sadio Mane revealed that he was close to joining Manchester United before the Reds swooped in following a call with Jurgen Klopp. Mane was a target for a number of Premier League teams after two successful spells at Southampton. He has gone on to become an integral part of Jurgen Klopp’s side and one of the best inside forwards in the world.
“I have to say, I was really close to going to Manchester United. I had the contract there. I had it all agreed,” Liverpool forward Sadio Mane said. “It was all ready, but instead I thought, ‘No, I want to go to Liverpool’. I was convinced to go with Klopp’s project. I still remember the first time I got the call from Klopp. I was watching TV. It was an action movie – because I love movies – and he said, ‘Sadio, listen, I want to explain to you what happened at Dortmund’.”
“That was when he thought of signing me for Dortmund and for some reason it didn’t work out. He tried to explain and I said, ‘it’s okay, it happened’. I forgave him. Then he said, ‘now I want you at Liverpool’. And I said, ‘Okay, Dortmund is behind us, let’s focus on the future,” he added. “He said, ‘We have a big project at Liverpool and I want you to be part of it’. Then he asked what position I wanted because he could see at Southampton I played on the right side and I used to play on the left. I said I prefer left, and then he said, ‘but Coutinho is on the left!’ So I said, never mind, I will play on the right. I could see myself in all the positions.”