Mane: Why I joined Bayern 

-Ikenna Okafor

Sadio Mane has cited a ‘new challenge’ as his reason for leaving Liverpool.

The transfer fee is reportedly around 41 million euros ($43 million) for Mane, 30, who won the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and Club World Cup during six years on Merseyside.

The Senegal international leaves Anfield having won every major honour available to him, including a long-awaited first Premier League title in 2020.

But Mane admitted the desire to test himself with the Bundesliga giants was the key motivation in bringing the curtain down on his time with the Reds.

He said: “Obviously it is strange – really, really strange – to no longer be a Liverpool player after six years spent at Anfield.

“But of course I had a great time, an unbelievable time, and since my first day I really, really enjoyed training, playing, at Anfield especially and in front of these amazing supporters. Now it’s come to the end, so what can you say?

“My life is always [about a] challenge and when it came I said to the club that I want to leave, I want to go somewhere else to see a new challenge.“It is not anything else, it is just a challenge because for me I want to always be challenging myself to get better and better.”

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