Sadio Mane has remembered Liverpool’s Champions League victory parade in 2019, calling it ‘beautiful.’
Speaking to uefa.com, Mane looked back on his time at Liverpool.
Honestly, I will never forget my time there. I learned a lot – as a man and as a football player. The supporters were amazing, the people from the city were amazing. It is a club that will stay in my heart forever. It is also a legendary club – they have won everything. And also, it is the club that had all the best Champions League nights,” he said.
Asked for his memories of Liverpool’s Champions League win in 2019, Mane picked out the subsequent trophy parade as being a real highlight.
“I remember the second goal that Divock Origi scored very well. I was over the moon at that moment. I couldn’t believe it. I just thought back to my childhood, when I was watching the Champions League,” said the 30-year-old.
“I also took a lot of pleasure in watching the excitement surrounding the competition. I found myself playing a final and, more importantly, winning it. It was amazing – 2019 was an outstanding year. The celebrations, the club… You just had to be there to understand. I think over half a million people were out in the streets waiting for us to parade our trophy. It was just beautiful.”
Looking back on happier times
As Liverpool continue to toil in his absence, it’s nice to look back on some happier memories.
Mane’s departure isn’t the reason for Liverpool’ current struggles. But he was certainly a very big part of recent successes.
Since his move to Bayern Munich, the Senegal legend has actually been having a few struggles of his own.
He may have scored six goals in 12 games, but he’s come in for some criticism from certain areas of the support. Before his goal last night against Bayer Leverkusen, he hadn’t scored in five games.
Having been brought in as the nominal replacement for Robert Lewandowski, that isn’t quite good enough.
It hasn’t helped Mane that Bayern haven’t been at their brilliant best this season, either. Last night’s win took them up to second in the table, but for a team that’s used to utterly dominating, they’ve been disappointing.
Of course, just as Liverpool’s poor form isn’t wholly down to Mane, neither is Bayern’s. There’s no denying that Sadio and the Reds were a match made in heaven, though.
Still, we’ll always have Madrid.