Former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders reckons Sadio Mane will not be challenged enough at Bayern Munich, which will “ruin the best two years” of his career.
A £34m deal has been agreed that will bring Mane’s trophy-laden Liverpool career to an end, with the 30-year-old set to be unveiled at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday after his medical.
The Senegalese international has had a campaign to remember with Liverpool, producing a match-winning performance in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City as he completed his trophy set with a domestic cup double.
Liverpool saved ‘another abject season’ of Sadio Mane as pure ‘greed’ behind Bayern move
Mane, though, is eager to pursue new challenges and has identified Bayern as the place to do that. That is despite the Bavarian giants having won the last 10 Bundesliga titles, which – according to Saunders – makes the league “nowhere near a challenge” for Mane.
“Nothing against the club, it’s a great club, but the league is nowhere near a challenge for Mane,” he told talkSPORT.
“He’ll get goals. They win 5-0 every week, only one team can win the league.
“It’s not a challenge. He will get in his armchair, light a cigar up, he’ll play for Bayern in third gear and he’ll coast for two years and ruin the best two years of his life as a footballer.
“At the end of his career, if he said to you ‘come and look at my trophy cabinet’, the German league winners medal will be right at the back.”
He continued: “I can’t believe he’s leaving Liverpool, I don’t know how he’s got to this point.
“He’s 30, I think of all his time at the club, the last six months he’s played the best football, he’s been unstoppable at times.
“He went up the middle when Diaz signed and he started getting better and better at finding the pockets and linking the play up.
“I can’t get my head round why you’d want to leave Liverpool right now, when you’re playing the best football of your life in the best combination front-three he’ll ever play in, to go and play for Bayern Munich.”