Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has told Liverpool that losing Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich will be a “big loss” for them this season.
The Senegal international moved to the Bundesliga champions in a deal worth a reported £35m in June after asking to leave Anfield for a new challenge.
Liverpool replaced him with Benfica striker Darwin Nunez in a deal worth around £85m but there are concerns that the Uruguayan could struggle to match Mane’s goal return.
And Mane’s compatriot Mendy thinks the loss of Mane will have a “huge impact” on Liverpool this season as they attempt to challenge for the title once again.
When asked about Mane’s move away from Liverpool, Mendy said: “I think it is a big loss for the Premier League in terms of quality and in terms of the person.
“We’ve lost someone great and I hope for him he will enjoy the Bundesliga.
“He’s also a big loss [to Liverpool] because of his quality, the impact he makes and also because, for the young players, he’s an example. When you lose someone like this it can have a huge impact.”
Jurgen Klopp didn’t want to lose Mane this summer but the Liverpool boss explained that he fully respected Mane’s decision to leave Anfield.
Speaking just after Mane left Liverpool, Klopp said: “One of Liverpool’s greatest ever players is leaving and we must acknowledge how significant this is. He leaves with our gratitude and our love. And, yes, he leaves in a moment where he is one of the best players in world football.
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“I respect completely his decision and I’m sure our supporters do also. If you love LFC, you have to love Sadio – non-negotiable. It is possible to do this while accepting our loss is Bayern’s gain.
“We wish him nothing but success in every match he plays in, unless, of course, it’s against us. His star will continue to rise, I have no doubts.”
Speaking after joining Bayern, Mane revealed how he felt it was time for a new “challenge”. He said: “I’m very happy to finally be with FC Bayern in Munich.
“We had a lot of talks and I felt the great interest of this big club from the start so there was no doubt in my mind right from the start. This is the right time for this challenge. I want to achieve a lot with this club, also internationally.”