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Fabinho admits he tried to convince Sadio Mane to stay at Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has revealed he tried and did not persuade Sadio Mane to stay at Anfield this summer time.

Mane entered the ultimate 12 months of his contract and snubbed the prospect to signal an extension in favour of a swap to Bayern Munich, dropping the curtain on a Liverpool profession which yielded 120 objectives throughout six years.

The Senegal winger was a agency favorite amongst each gamers and followers at Liverpool, and chatting with The Athletic, Fabinho confessed that he wasn’t able to see Mane convey his Anfield tenure to an in depth.

“On the finish of the season, I spoke so much with Sadio. He informed me concerning the scenario that he may depart,” he mentioned.

“I used to be all the time saying to him, ‘Come on Sadio, keep right here. You possibly can win the Premier League and the Champions League proper right here, don’t depart’. However I believe he had already made his thoughts up. We needed to respect that.

“Sadio had a very good story in a Liverpool shirt. He performed for six years right here and through that point he gained all the pieces you’ll be able to win and he determined that he wished a brand new problem. That’s okay.

“After the parade in Liverpool, everybody mentioned goodbye to him. We knew there was a great probability he can be leaving. I all the time stored some hope that he would nonetheless keep however then it was all confirmed. Shedding Sadio is a giant loss. He was one in every of our greatest gamers nevertheless it’s one thing that we are able to’t change. Now we have to cope with it. Now different gamers need to step up and tackle better duty.”

Whereas Liverpool couldn’t maintain on to Mane, they averted one other main departure by tying fellow ahead Mohamed Salah all the way down to a brand new contract which has seen the Egyptian develop into the highest-paid participant within the membership’s historical past.

“That was actually vital, particularly after shedding Sadio,” Fabinho mentioned of Salah’s extension. “We knew Mo needed to keep within the staff and maintain enjoying with us.

“I’m actually pleased for him that the contract bought sorted. I believe he’s happier than earlier than. Within the final 5 years, he’s been perhaps the most effective participant on this staff and has proven how vital he’s for the membership. He’s already a legend of Liverpool. With this new deal, he can go on to develop into the most effective participant within the historical past of the membership. I’ll actually attempt to assist him obtain this.”

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