Ex-Reds star: I understand why Mane left

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A former Liverpool star has given his take on Sadio Mane's decision to leave Anfield last month, saying he had the same feeling when he made his exit from the Merseyside club.

After eight years at the club, the Senegal international bid farewell to the Reds and joined Bayern Munich.

The 30-year-old had one year remaining on his contract on Merseyside before he agreed to join the Bavarians on a three-year deal worth £35 million (R698 million).

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While some were left bemused by the attacker's decision, former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, who left the club during the same window as Mane's arrival from Southampton in 2016, has revealed that he understands the situation the Lions of Teranga star was in. 

"It is difficult to leave a club like Liverpool because if you are there, if you're doing well like he was doing, and we can call him a legend because of what he achieved in the club, it's brilliant," the Slovakian told The Athletic.

"But I think each player, at a certain stage of his career, has a feeling that you need to change. You need some new motivation, a new challenge.

"After eight and a half years (with Liverpool), I also had that feeling like, 'Oh, maybe I should change something' to find a different kind of experience.

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"I'm pretty sure it wasn't an easy decision for him to leave the club. But he gave his maximum and did really well for the club, and now all you can do is wish him luck.

"If they (Bayern Munich) play in the future against Liverpool, I hope he won't be at his best!"

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