Sadio Mane spent six years at Anfield before signing for Bayern Munich last summer.

Former Anfield ace Sadio Mane has backed Jurgen Klopp to successfully turn Liverpool’s fortunes around – insisting the Reds’ players adore the German.

After narrowly missing out on unprecedented quadruple glory in the final days of the 2021/22 season, less than 12 months later Liverpool remarkably sit nine points adrift of the Premier League’s top-four after Saturday’s stalemate at Selhurst Park.

Too, Klopp’s side’s hopes of adding a seventh European Cup to the Anfield ranks hang by a thread after last week’s 5-2 home thrashing against Real Madrid in the last-16 first leg.

Between now and the end of the season, the Reds face a sprint finish to secure a spot in Europe’s premier competition – although their current form would suggest it will be a tough task to hunt down a rejuvenated Tottenham Hotspur. But despite the issues extensive issues at Anfield, former Liverpool star Mane has backed his old side to overcome the recent difficulties they have faced – insisting the right man is at the Anfield helm.

“Liverpool will be back,” Mane told Bild. “I’m convinced they will overcome this situation. They had many injuries and tough tests, but Jürgen Klopp is definitely the right man.

“He will lead Liverpool back up, from this season – the players love him.”

The Senegal international ended his six-year stay at Anfield last summer when he joined Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich for a fee in the region of £35m. During his time on Merseyside, Mane won the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup. As well as League Cup, FIFA Club World and Super Cup.

After heading into the final twelve months of his deal at the age of 30, the forward was allowed to embark on pastures new with the well wishes of everyone at Anfield as Liverpool instead tied Mohamed Salah down to a new record-breaking three-year contract and also drafted in the services of Darwin Nunez in from Benfica in attempt to future-proof their forward line.

For Mane, similarly to his former team-mates, the 2022/23 season has been far from plain sailing as he’s struggled with form and injuries at the Allianz Arena. The 30-year-old was ruled out of December’s World Cup after suffering a serious leg injury just weeks before the tournament commenced in Qatar.


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