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Sadio Mane leaving Liverpool could knock the club sideways, based on former Reds striker Dean Saunders. Mane is heavily linked with a move away from Anfield but Saunders believes the club’s owners Fenway Sports Group must do all they’ll to maintain him.

The Senegal forward has been non-committal on his future when chatting with the media within the last week. He insisted he’ll announce his plans after Saturday’s Champions League final but is yet to achieve this.

Bayern Munich are huge favourites to sign the 30-year-old, whose Liverpool contract expires at the top of next season. Mane ended the campaign because the club’s second-leading scorer in all competitions with 23 goals to his name.

Saunders says Mane is amongst the very best three players on the earth on current form. And he’s anxious of the effect his exit may have on his old club.

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“Diaz is an excellent alternative but they’ve just got to provide him what he wants. I’m sorry to say, I realize it sounds bad, but just give him what he wants.

“Liverpool are doing very well in the mean time and losing someone like him could knock them sideways.” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has also been coy on Mane’s future.

Ahead of Saturday’s final in Paris, Klopp said he had no concerns regarding rumours of a move away for his player. He said: “That is the flawed time to speak about that. Wherever Sadio will play next season he can be an enormous player, definitely.

“Sadio is in the form of his life, obviously. (He’s in) Good shape, it’s a joy to observe him.

“We ask of him loads this season, football asks of him loads — lot of finals. I couldn’t care less within the moment. We’re all fully focused on the sport, Sadio is fully focused on the sport.

“No concerns, it’s completely normal. It’s not the primary time in my profession that before a game rumours about Bayern Munich come up, but no problem in any respect.”

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