Gerrard questions why Mane would want Liverpool exit amid Bayern Munich links

Date published: Sunday 29th May 2022 11:49 - Jason Soutar

Steven Gerrard preparing for a BT Sport broadcast

Steven Gerrard believes Sadio Mane should reject a move to Bayern Munich as he questions why he would want to leave Liverpool.

The Senegal forward has been terrific for the Premier League club since joining from Southampton in 2016.

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He has scored 120 goals in 269 appearances for the Reds and is enjoying a stellar season for club and country.

After guiding his country to African Cup of Nations success, the 30-year-old helped Liverpool win the Carabao Cup and FA Cup before finishing runners-up in the league and Champions League.

With his contract expiring next summer, Mane’s future is up in the air. He is poised to announce his future plans soon after pledging to do so following his side’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.

The Reds lost against Madrid in Paris, and could now lose Mane this summer with Bayern Munich circling.

Liverpool striker Sadio Mane shoots during the Champions League final

However, before Saturday’s defeat, Liverpool legend Gerrard questioned why the Senegalese would want to depart, despite the prospect of further success in Germany.

“[Mo] Salah has already said that he is going to be here next year, I know there is a bit of noise around Mane,” Gerrard said (quotes via Liverpool Echo).

“But why would you want to leave this Liverpool team because you know that they are going to be competitive in the business end of the season?”

Following Madrid’s victory to claim their 14th Champions League, ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claimed that Mane and Salah “came short” on the night thanks to Thibaut Courtois’ heroics.

The Frenchman said: “You felt as well that Salah, Mane, the guys who make the difference, didn’t have the same freshness, the same belief that they can make the difference. Overall they came short, we must be honest, because of Courtois.

“I felt at some stage that if Liverpool came back to 1-1 they’d come back and win the game. But they never found that special moment where they could finish their chances off, and a lot of that is down to Courtois.”

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