The Senegal international is leaving Liverpool after scoring 120 goals in 269 games, many of them significant; Jurgen Klopp faced a challenge to replace the qualities Mane had given to Liverpool, and Jurgen Klopp, on the other hand, may not have addressed the transfer rumours in his press conference before the Champions League final. Still, Sadio Mane's future, But the questions were answered, though inconsistent, at length and given with resounding praise.
Mane was described as "the size of his life" before the final, with Klopp saying he "couldn't care less" about stories linking him with Bayern Munich. "It's a pleasure to see him at this time in training and games," said the Liverpool boss. Klopp already knew that the meeting with Real Madrid was likely to be Mane's last match for Liverpool.
His desire for a new challenge became public within days of the defeat at the Stade de France, and a month later, a move to Bayern appeared imminent. It is telling, however, that Klopp is praising the 30-year-old until the last, with the impressive Liverpool reluctant to lose him but no hard feelings.