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Jurgen Klopp has hailed Sadio Mane as one of the best players in the world

Jurgen Klopp has hailed Sadio Mane as one of the best players in the world (Image: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp insists Sadio Mane leaves Liverpool with no bad feelings and as one of the best footballers in the world.

The Senegalese international helped Klopp’s Anfield revolution after arriving from Southampton six years ago and has played a key role in the club’s success in recent seasons.

Despite his importance to Klopp and Liverpool, the lure of a new challenge was too great for Mane to resist and his move to Bayern Munich was officially confirmed on Wednesday.

Sadio Mane claimed the lure of a new challenge at Bayern Munich was too hard to resist

Sadio Mane claimed the lure of a new challenge at Bayern Munich was too hard to resist (Image: FC Bayern)

Liverpool have already moved to offset Manes’ departure by issuing a club-record fee Darwin Nunez, but Klopp insists the departure of such a popular player will be felt on many levels.

He said: “One of Liverpool’s greatest players of all time is leaving and we have to recognize how important this is. He goes with our gratitude and our love.

“And yes, he is leaving at a moment when he is one of the best players in world football.

“I fully respect his decision and I’m sure our fans do too. If you love LFC, you have to love Sadio – non-negotiable.

“It is possible to do this while accepting that our loss is Bayern’s gain.

“We wish him nothing but success in every game he plays, unless it goes against us of course. His star will continue to rise, I have no doubt about that.’

On the standards set by Mane, Klopp added: “Since he first walked through the door he’s made us better.

“If someone had told us at that moment what they would contribute and achieve for this club, I’m not sure if it would have been possible to understand at that moment. At least not to the extent. Sadio made everything possible.

“To be so good for so long and to keep improving from season to season – no matter how high he set his own bar in the previous one – is an example for every player around the world that professionalism and dedication are rewarded.”

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