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Klopp hails Mane as 'modern-day Liverpool icon'

Jurgen Klopp has paid an emotional farewell to Sadio Mane after the forward finalised his £35m transfer from Liverpool to Bayern Munich.

Speaking to Liverpool's website, 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. He leaves with his status among the greats guaranteed. And, yes, he leaves in a moment where he is one of the best players in world football.

“But we must not dwell on what we now lose, instead celebrate what we were privileged to have. The goals he scored, the trophies he won; a legend, for sure, but also a modern-day Liverpool icon.

“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."

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