It is a sign of a very good player when even the euphoria of signing one of world football’s most exciting attacking talents cannot entirely compensate for his departure.
This is the place where Liverpool find themselves – delighted at the record arrival of Darwin Nunez, but saddened at end of Sadio Mane’s stellar six years at Anfield.
Mane’s move to Bayern Munich leaves one of the Premier League’s greatest forward lines in history shorn of a key component – one who has scored 120 goals in 269 games to help Liverpool win every major trophy available.
the impact the Senegal striker had at Liverpool and what their remodelled forward line needs to thrive without him.
As the season wore on with plenty of talk but no confirmation of a contract extension for Mane, Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino beyond 2023, the likelihood grew of one or more of them departing.