Fans can sigh with relief and the scattered rumors surrounding the renewal of the Senegal international’s contract can be put to bed. Following the new five year contract given to Roberto Firmino in April, which made him one of Liverpool’s highest-paid player, and Mo Salah’s five year deal in July reputed to be in the region of £200,000 a week.
Sadio Mané, who joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2016 for a fee of £34 million was expected to follow suit by agreeing to a new deal. However it wasn’t until now the 26 year old, who’s scored six goals in ten league appearances so far this season finally put pen to paper in a £150,000 a week deal.
“It is a great day for me and now I am looking forward to everything – to helping the team, to helping the club achieve our dreams and, especially, to win trophies.
“I’ve always said, when I knew I had a chance to come here I didn’t have to think twice. The right club in the right moment and with the right coach as well. I came here and was very happy.
“For me, I have made the best decision in my career.”
Jürgen Klopp in an interview with the Telegraph last July was at pains to point out the important of retaining and renewing the contracts of vital players.
“When I have spoken about the mood in the club, it’s not only in the stands – we are Liverpool as a team and the boys want to be a part of it,” he said. “That’s really cool and it’s a big achievement for the club because these boys, Bobby Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mané, and a lot of the others as well, could play for pretty much any team in the world.
“That’s how it is and a good sign for the club. It’s an improved situation that these players don’t use us then go. It’s cool but now we all together have to deliver. Sign your contacts, but now, go again.”
Clearly Klopp will be a happy man on Merseyside now the long term commitment of the final piece of the jigsaw has been secured in Sadio Mané. Klopp commented after the player extended his contract:
“I can’t think of a single club anywhere in Europe that wouldn’t want a player like Sadio available to them, so the fact he wants to remain with us says something about where we are currently.”