Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp with Sadio Mane
Friday Mar 17, 2017. 18:00
Liverpool FC forward Sadio Mane has revealed that he was disappointed when German club Borussia Dortmund decided against signing him in 2014.
Dortmund were under the guidance of current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who opted against signing Mane from Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg.
However, Klopp pushed for Liverpool to sign the Senegalese attacker from English side Southampton prior to the current 2016/17 season.
“I wanted to punch myself," Mane said on Liverpool Echo.
“I remember everything about it because it was a meeting to talk about football and how he wanted to play and how he wanted me to be part of his team.
“I think it’s part of football that these things can happen. After that I never stopped working like I did before. I gave my best all the time and finally, we work together," he said.
“We didn’t speak about what happened before because we know it’s part of football and it can happen. It wasn’t his fault or my fault or the clubs’ fault.
“When he called me to come here, it was the right time, the right coach and the right time to come to Liverpool. Now I’m here I’m very happy to be part of this amazing club," he continued.
“Honestly, I like to be here. The weather is not the best but I’m okay with that. “Anfield is unbelievable. I wish we could play every two or three days at Anfield because it’s always exciting to play in front of these fans.
“I think for a football player, if you want to perform and do well you can’t think about your price or what other people say,” he added.
“If you want to perform, I think you need to be focused in your head and believe in your qualities and work hard."